Fans For Diversity is pleased to be supporting Playing For Kicks, a grassroots women's football tournament, on Saturday 23 September from 10am-6pm at Powerleague in Shoreditch.

The tournament, partially funded by the Fans For Diversity campaign which Kick It Out runs in partnership with the Football Supporters' Federation, was founded in 2016 by Romance FC as a result of the lack of female-run football tournaments.

The team saw an opportunity to take on a completely new approach to the way in which women’s football tournaments are portrayed and executed, by creating Playing For Kicks - a safe, fun and inclusive space for women who have love for the game.

The tournament will see 12 respected grassroots teams from London, Essex and Paris whose mindset and community spirit hold them high as perfect contenders. Each team will take to the five-a-side pitches to battle it out to be hailed champions of Playing For Kicks 2017.

Expect full-flavoured food from Capish?, live DJ sets from Romance FC & friends, Season Zine, XL Recordings, NTS Radio and more.

In the run up to the second instalment of Playing For Kicks, Romance FC will also take to an East London venue to host ‘A Little Less Conversation’ - a series of panel discussions focusing on topics including the importance of mental health within group sports, and collectives and diversity within creative surroundings.

In conjunction with the tournament, Romance FC debuted their beginners training session ‘First Love’ at the start of September. Coached by Romance FC players Amina Khan and Lauren Garner, this free session provides an intimidation-free zone for absolute beginners to give football a go!

For more information on the Playing For Kicks tournament, head to the event page here.