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IMO football tournament connects local community

Hundreds of people came together at the Senior Training Centre at Brockhall Village

4 July 2018

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Blackburn Rovers and the Inter Madrassah Organisation teamed up to host the latter’s Annual Multi-Faith Football Tournament at the football club’s Senior Training Centre last weekend.

An event with community cohesion at its core brought hundreds of children from a wide range of junior teams from the North West together across seven different age groups from U7 through to U13 at Brockhall for the second year in the row.

The football tournament was supported by Blackburn Rovers Under-23s manager Damien Johnson and two of his players, Matty Platt and Lewis Hardcastle.

The trio watched several competitive matches unfold and were on hand to offer advice and guidance to the young footballers, before finally giving out trophies to winning teams.

Blackburn Rovers’ Academy scouts were also in attendance, observing all age groups alongside Community Trust staff, who were supporting IMO from an operational point of view throughout the day.

Many winners were crowned throughout the course of the day, but everyone left the Premier League standard training facility with a smile on their faces after an enjoyable community football tournament.

Johnson, who came through the club’s academy during the mid-90s, was pleased to see how the tournament was competitive but played in a respectful manner.

He said: “To see so many children enjoying the IMO Multi-Faith Football Tournament was fantastic. Blackburn Rovers has always been a club that has cared about the community and I know the Community Trust did a great job in helping to organise this tournament in conjunction with IMO.

“The tournament itself was very competitive and straight away I could tell how happy the children were on the winning teams compared to how disappointed the children were on the losing teams. However, all teams played with a mutual respect for their opponents which is impressive.”

Inter Madrassah Organisation CEO Stephen Jones added: “The Multi-Faith Football Tournament is a great event and there were lots of spectators but more importantly children in attendance playing the sport that they love.

“One of our aims is health and well-being so this event helps get the children active from a young age. The tournament is fun, great for social integration and gives all the participants a sense of belong.

“This is what football does so the IMO Multi-Faith Football Tournament is something we really want to push and continue our strong relationship with Blackburn Rovers.”

To find out more about Inter Madrassah Organisation, please CLICK HERE.

* Photo courtesy of Kirk Lowe.

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