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Hampshire FA launch football tournament for religious groups and allies of people of faith

The inaugural Hampshire FA Hope Tournament aims to use the power of football to bring together people of different faiths.

The 7-a-side football tournament will take place on the 16th of July 2023 at Stoneham Lane Football Complex, between 1pm and 4pm.

Welcoming entries from teams as well as individuals of all faiths. Teams can enter through their specific faith centres but are also encouraged to enter mixed-faith teams if applicable.

The Hampshire FA Hope Tournament aims to bring together participants from all faiths and religious backgrounds, and combine in a day of recreational football, and make connections with a wide variety of community groups.

First and foremost, we strive to make the tournament fun and safe. All participants must wear shin pads throughout the duration of all matches, and we urge participants to familiarise themselves with the venue’s Acceptable Footwear document ahead of the tournament.

"The Hope Tournament is the inaugural event of the Hope Project, our new interfaith initiative designed to engage communities of all faiths and foster closer collaboration with faith leaders across the county. Our mission is to use the power of football to bring together diverse communities who may have different spiritual or religious beliefs but share a common passion for football. 

We believe that through finding common ground, showing respect, and promoting inclusion, we can cultivate a sense of HOPE, making football a truly inclusive sport for everyone.” – Alienor Chartier, Hampshire FA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer.


Accessibility needs

We aim to meet the requirements of all participants with additional accessibility needs, such as religious requirements, physical requirements and mental health or learning impairments.

Please contact Alienor.Chartier@HampshireFA.com if you have any questions, or to notify us of an accessibility need ahead of time.


Tournament details

16th July 2023
Stoneham Lane Football Complex, SO16 2PA
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Open to 18+ only
Allies welcome!

Team - £20
Only one application form required for one team

Individual - £3