Posted: Mon 14th Mar 2016

Super Sunday For Cohesion Cup /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 14th, 2016

A community football tournament organised by South Wales Police is reaching fever pitch with the semi-finals taking place this weekend. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Now in its third year, the Cardiff Community Cohesion Cup is designed to build on relationships between the police and local community groups. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Communities taking part this year are Palestinian, Bengali, Somaliland, Eritrean, Kurdish, Yemeni and Zimbabwean.
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies said: “I am delighted that the Cardiff Community Cohesion Cup continues to go from strength to strength, this year being even more representative of the rich and diverse communities we have here in Cardiff. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The idea is to break down barriers and strengthen relationships between our diverse communities through the global medium of sport.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The knock-out stages have been hotly contested with the Bengali coming up against last year’s winners the Yemeni team and the Somaliland team take on the Kurdish team in this weekend’s semi-finals which kick off at the Channel View leisure centre on Ferry Road, Grangetown at 2pm on Sunday 13th March. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The overall competition winner will take on a South Wales Police select eleven including eight ex-professionals including Swansea City’s Lee Trundle, Matty Collins along with Cardiff City’s Damon Searle, Derek Brazil and Jason Fowler. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The game will be played at the Principality Stadium on Wednesday, March 30th, kick off is at 6pm, gates will be open from 5.15pm and entry is free. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Chief Supt Davies added: “South Wales Police recognises and values the importance of having and retaining the trust of our local communities and once again staff from our neighbourhood and community safety teams will be at this year’s final and able to offer advice and support should anyone wish to discuss local issues or concerns they may have. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I would like to thank the ex-professional players for once again giving up their time and also the sponsors and community representatives without whom this event would not be possible.
“And finally I’d like to thank Mr Dennis Gethin, President of the WRU, along with the staff for facilitating the CCCC Final at The Principality Stadium.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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