A mental health charity brought together communities and refugees from all over the world in an inclusive football tournament.
The first ‘United Oxford Cup’ was organised by Oxford University and local charity Oxfordshire Mind to help players integrate and promote mental health wellbeing through sport.
The 10 participating teams at Iffley Road Sports Club comprised refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from East Timor, Algeria, Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Kurdistan.
East Timor team beat the Kurdish team on penalties in the final.
Guests included Andrew Smith MP, Councillor Ed Turner and the CEOs of Oxfordshire Mind (Dan Knowles), Asylum Welcome and Refugee Resource.
Mr Smith said: “It was wonderful to see everyone having such a great time, with some very good football. Huge credit to all who brought this day together. We have to make this an annual event.”
Mr Knowles said: “The event was a great success for all of the partner organisations and sponsors involved.
“The tournament allowed the asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants to integrate into mainstream life in Oxford and the wider community.
“We are looking forward to supporting this lively event again in Oxford next year. We hope to have even more teams and partners involved in this fantastic tournament.”
Ben McFadyean, who helped organise the event, said: “I am delighted with the turnout. In terms of skills and speed I was incredibly impressed.”