White Ribbon Charity Football Tournament is a Huge Success

A football tournament supporting the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against girls and women, took place at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday 8 November.

male football players mid match

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Chief Executive, Ka Ng, joined around 150 participants making up 18 teams for the event which was arranged by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in partnership with Stevenage Football Foundation.

Among the teams were representatives from Hertfordshire Constabulary, The Fire Service, Hertfordshire County Council, and a local faith group, with the triumphant winners were announced as Lemsford FC for the men's category and Colney Heath FC for the ladies.

The tournament was a celebration of the local community, with everyone united in the theme of ending violence against girls and women. The White Ribbon campaign culminates on 25 November on 'White Ribbon Day'. The overarching message of the campaign is to encourage everyone to make the promise to never use, excuse, or remain silent about men's violence against women. This date also marks the start of 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign.

Lemsford FC said on its Facebook page:

We are so proud to have represented our club in the White Ribbon tournament tonight, hosted by @WelHatCouncil and @StevenageFC. A great evening all in the name of supporting a great cause.

Councillor Fitzsimon said: "It was a great pleasure to see everyone coming together on a cold autumn evening to support the White Ribbon campaign.

As a White Ribbon-accredited organisation, the council works to increase the knowledge and skills of staff to address all forms of violence against women and carry the message into the community. Partnering with Stevenage Football Foundation really helped us to get this message out and we are incredibly proud of the energy and focus of everyone who participated and helped to make the tournament such a success."