A unique football match aimed at promoting inclusion and equality will take place in Wrexham this weekend.
Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association have teamed up with Kick it Out and Fans for Diversity to bring the event to Bellevue Park on Saturday 24th February.
Taking place from 11am, the friendly match will see Wrexham’s first league registered, multi-ethnic specific team, Bellevue FC take on Wrexham Inclusion FC, the champions of inclusion football in Wrexham.
A number of different associations have teamed up to help make the event possible, with Wrexham AFC, the FAW Trust, North East Wales Football Association and North East Wales Football League all pitching in with their support.
Wrexham’s MP, Ian Lucas, has been named as the referee for the match – with Grosvenor Councillor Marc Jones and Brynffynon Councillor Phil Wynn confirmed to be running the lines.
Organisers say: “The match will bring together people from all walks of life with both clubs excelling in what they do. On the pitch you will see players from different backgrounds such as depression, learning difficulties, psychosis, self-harm, bipolar, suicide, deaf or hard of hearing, brain injuries, autism and physical disability.
There will also be a variety of nationalities involved on the day such as Welsh, English, Portuguese, Hungarian, Eritrean, Albanian, Romanian, Polish, Libyan, Iraqi and Angolan along with a variety of different religious backgrounds.
Organisers for the event say: “Many other local politicians and members of inclusion and diversity charities have confirmed their attendance, making this a great chance and a real opportunity to advertise our town as one that supports diversity in our communities and in sport, which is what makes this a great place to live and to enjoy football.”
Delighted and looking forward to the match. https://t.co/h4Fry56d7N
— Ian Lucas MP (@IanCLucas) February 17, 2018
The friendly match will be played at 11:00am this Saturday 24th February at Bellevue Park and will be free for anyone to come and support the clubs and enjoy the event.
Both clubs will then head to Set the Bar in Wrexham, where Kick it Out will host a meal for both clubs and selected sponsors.
After the meal, the teams will be attending Wrexham AFC against Aldershot Town at the Racecourse where both clubs will be presented at half time to the crowd, and a trophy will be presented to the winners of the match on the Racecourse pitch.