- 15 Jun 12
It takes place in the Law Society Gardens on Sunday...
In celebration of the World Refugee Day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Sport Against Racism in Ireland will host the 2012 edition of the highly successful Fair Play Cup.
Taking place this Sunday in the Law Society Gardens in Blackhall Place, the 7-a-side tournament will feature teams drawn from refugee and community groups, government agencies and members of the media with players from a host of different countries in separate men’s and women’s competitions. Among the teams competing will be Hot Press MGB, who, having won the inaugural affair in 2010, were beaten 1-0 in last year's final against a strong SARI INSAKA side.
UNHCR Head of Office, Sophie Magennis said, “Sport can play a key role in helping to build understanding and respect among different communities. Enjoying sport together is a great way for people from different countries to get to know each other.”
Perry Ogden from Sport Against Racism Ireland said, “Across the world, sport helps communities to integrate and allows people to meet over a common interest. A love of soccer in particular unites people the world over.” A sentiment, which many an Irish fan over in Poznan will no doubt confirm.
The event promises to be a fun family affair with flowing football and will provide the perfect tonic to the Euro 2012 blues. Other entertainment at the free-event will come in the form of football skills training, face painting, music and great food from across the world.
Come down and have a look, embrace the unique atmosphere. The action kicks off at 11am and will continue through into the afternoon. Later in the week, the UNHCR will present a Gala screening of the documentary film "Moving to Mars" at The Lighthouse Cinema as a part of the same celebrations.