Ahead of Argyle’s last home fixture against Charlton, Argyle Community Trust welcomed a number of inclusive football teams and organisations to take part in a football tournament to celebrate Plymouth being a city of diversity and inclusion.
Coming together and using the power of the football club to do so, six teams from the city’s various diversity and inclusivity organisations took part in the morning competition, before attending Home Park. Participants include Plymouth Hope, Devon and Cornwall Police Diversity Unit, Plymouth Community Homes, Devon Lions – an LGBT team, and the Community’s own It’s A Goal and Ability Counts teams.
Each team thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and approached the competition with good spirit; but it really was all business as they all were there to win. Ultimately it came down to a golden goal to determine the tournament winners in the final between Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth Hope.
At the game a half-time parade by all of the partaking teams and organisations was held, as well as a presentation of a trophy to winning team Plymouth Community Homes on the pitch – awarded by special guest Steve Jones, a representative of Kick It Out.
Joining up with Argyle’s One Game, One Community annual fixture and coinciding with Kick It Out’s Week of Action, the tournament was a celebration to be recognised. The Community Trust and Football Club are fully committed to ensuring that everyone who attends Home Park or any of our provisions does so in the knowledge that they can enjoy their time in a friendly atmosphere, free from intimidation or harassment.
The campaign ran from March 30 to April 7, with the EFL and its clubs also supporting the Premier League’s No Room for Racism messaging. The club recently launched Argyle Aware – a text-messaging service which allows supporters to report breaches of ground regulations and other offences, including anti-social behaviour.
To let them know your concerns, please text ARGYLE and your message to 66777 and the match-day safety team will act.
For more information on our inclusive programmes running weekly throughout the year, please visit www.argylecommunitytrust.co.uk