The Cardiff Community Cohesion Cup is a football tournament which is played across Cardiff within ethnic minority communities, culminating in a Super Cup Final hosted at Cardiff City Stadium.  

 

Monday evening saw Cardiff City FC Community Foundation host the Cohesion Cup draw at Cardiff City Stadium with Cardiff City defender Matthew Connolly joining Chief Super Intendant Steve Jones of South Wales Police and Community Champion Mohamed Yusef to take part in the draw.

 

Now in its seventh year, the competition uses the power of sport to break down barriers, create opportunities to build relationships and bring communities together.

 

Representatives of the 13 ethnic minority communities who will be competing in the cup were amongst the guests in attendance, with representatives from the Bengali community - previous winners of the tournament - sharing the positive impact the cup has had, not only in football but in helping teammates to achieve employment within the South Wales Police force and Cardiff City FC Community Foundation.

 

Kicking off in January 2020, each community will play each other once at Cardiff City House of Sport 3G, with the winning team earning the right to take on a South Wales Police XI in May in the Super Cup Final.

 

Speaking at the launch, Chief Super Intendant Steve Jones of South Wales Police, said: 

 

We’re into the sixth year now and with 13 teams, the competition is always gaining exposure.

 

South Wales Police is proud to be a key partner of this event and we can’t wait for another year of community cohesion.

 

The event provides BAME communities to come together in a collaborative tournament, using competitive sport and the power of Cardiff City FC to inspire and unite the individuals from the communities that take part.

 

The Cardiff Community Cohesion Cup ties in with Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Kicks Project, a youth outreach programme that engages with young people of all backgrounds in football, sport and personal development – providing a trusted, positive influence in high-need areas across South Wales.