Your Game Uses the Power of Football to Bring Together Inner-City Communities
28 teams of young men and women aged 16-25 will take to the field at Newcastle United?s St James? Park for the final of the BBC?s Your Game initiative, watched by Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder
Your Game is a pilot event which uses the power of football to reach out to marginalised groups in some of the most economically deprived areas of the country, and is a partnership between the BBC, the FA, the Premier League, the PFA, the Football Foundation, Kick It Out and Streetleague.
Over the last six months Your Game has engaged over 2,000 players and 100 community groups from London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and the Solent.
Teams representing homeless hostels, refugees and asylum seekers, disability football projects and crime prevention initiatives will be among those competing for the title of Your Game national champions 2006.
Your Game works with existing projects that use football as a tool for social change and brings them all together for the first time, making it a project unprecedented in terms of scale and scope.
At each regional event participants have had the chance to sign up for free coaching and refereeing courses with the FA, and to try DJing with BBC Radio 1Xtra, commentating with BBC Radio 5Live.
Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn says: ?This is a fantastic idea, and really shows the power that sport has to engage and inspire. Your Game is an effective way to get people involved in football, reaching out to those in deprived communities who may not otherwise have the opportunity. I hope it proves to be an equally effective gateway for people into the world of football, be that as a referee, or coach.?
For further details visit bbc.co.uk/yourgame
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