Peace Cup celebrates diversity and faith
Jubba B beat Muslim Welfare House 5-2 in this year’s Peace Cup Football Tournament final held at Market Road.
Nearly 100 young men braved the weather to compete in the 8th annual Peace Cup held by the Islington Faiths Forum, with support from the council’s youth support team. Players aged between 15 and 18 from different backgrounds and communities across Islington came together to promote social cohesion and show off some serious football skills.
This week is Inter Faith Week, which aims to aims to foster good faith relationships within communities and increase awareness and understanding of the different faith communities across the borough.
Roz Miller, Director of Islington Faiths Forum and organiser of the Peace Cup, said: “We couldn’t do this each year without all of the youth workers, refs, our supporters and other volunteers who come on the day to help deliver this tournament. We are really grateful to all our funders and supporters. What the young men get from this event makes it all worthwhile.”
The same month as the cup, Islington Faiths Forum also delivered assemblies to 16 of Islington’s primary, secondary and special needs schools. Discussing the topic ‘What does peace mean to me?’ the assemblies were delivered in partnership with Journey to Justice. More than 3,380 students were encouraged to think about what they can do to bring about a more peaceful and compassionate society, to celebrate diversity and to stand up for social justice.
A teacher from Pakeman Primary School, said: “It was really great to hear so many different stories about peace and to have representatives from different religions. The children were all really engaged and enjoyed the stories. It was great!”
There are a number of events in Islington being held during Inter Faith Week, which runs from 10 – 17 November, including a youth debate tackling the question ‘Does social media change your relationship with your faith and beliefs?’