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Crusaders Football Club are opening their gates and welcoming Belfast based intercultural team World united at Seaview for their annual Unity Cup tournament. The event being held on Sunday 30 August from 12noon until 3pm will feature teams comprising players from many different parts of the world, including China, Poland, Ivory Coast and Portugal.

World United evolved through a partnership with NICEM (Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities) and the Irish Football Association, but is now a stand a lone group offering playing opportunities to persons from NI together with foreign nationals.

Paul Moffett, the team manager explains the unique ethos of World United. “This team welcomes players from across the religious divide and regardless of ethnic background. We aim to provide safe playing opportunities and promote a message of anti-racism and anti-sectarianism through the mutual love of football”.

“The Unity Cup brings together a broad variety of teams representing many cultures”, he continued, “and we are delighted to able to showcase this event at Seaview, the home to the Irish Cup winners of 2009”.

Stephen Bell, Crusaders Chairman added his enthusiasm for the event. “We are delighted to be hosting this tournament. It will be a family fun day and we hope to see plenty of support for the teams. Crusaders Football Club is fully supportive of World United and it sets a great example of positive Interculturalism through a shared love of football”.

The Unity Cup is open to the public and will have eight teams of mixed ethnicity participating. The winning team will be presented with a trophy sponsored by the Unite Against Hate campaign.