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October 2006 No.63

UNISON sponsors UK Asian Football Championships

UNISON Scotland is proud to sponsor the UK Asian Football Championships (UKAFC) for the first time this year.

The UKAFC, now in its eighth year, is the highest profile Asian football tournament in the UK. Asian players are still under-represented in the professional football leagues.

The championships aim to be a showcase for current talented Asian footballers and also to breakdown the barriers for Asians in sports in the future.

They aim to challenge racism and inequality and breakdown the stereotypes and perceptions at all levels of the game not just by playing but by participating in workshops to build plans for anti-racist work in football during the weekend.

The event also brings together all the communities of Glasgow in a sporting arena for a fun day out. Asian football teams from across the UK have competed for the eight places in the finals with one place reserved for a Scottish team as hosts of the event.

The early rounds for this years championship will be played at Glasgow Green on 3 & 4 November with the final at Ibrox Stadium on 5 November.

The following teams have qualified for this year's tournament: Semsa (Scotland), Sporting Benegal, London Apsa, Blackburn, Smethwick Rangers, Albion Sports, London GSA, Smethwick United.

Entry to all games is free so please go along to this fun family event. For further details contact: Kevin O'Neil Information Development Officer 0845 355 0845 Email: k.oneil@unison.co.uk Or visit: www.semsa.co.uk

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