ASIAN ACES WIN OVER PREMIERSHIP GIANTS
1990 City of Culture had reasons to celebrate in the 2008 capital on September 28 Glasgow Ansar lifted the first nationwide Asian football title in Liverpool after clinching a dramatic victory on penalties against the 49ers DK from London.
The Scottish team almost had a unique double but the under 16-side were on the wrong side of a penalty decider, going down 2-0 to Rochdale side Asia FC.
One Asia FC player is arguably the greatest winner of the weekend. Voted player of the tournament in the Under-16 category, Mohamad Saffraz has been offered trials at Premiership giants Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers. The
15 - year-old midfield maestro was one of three players to be offered a trial at a professional club.
Festival organiser Majid Lavji, said:- "I'm delighted for Mohammad and the other players who caught the eye of the clubs. The whole tournament was about raising the profile of Asian players in the UK and giving them the opportunity to highlight their skills in front of professional clubs. We were hoping some of the big clubs would offer trials and that is exactly what happened.
The weekend was a huge success and I'd like to thank all those who took part and supported the event from Sport England, Liverpool city council, Everton and Liverpool FC, the FA, Eufa and the Kick Racism Out of Football Campaign to the players and managers.
Liverpool was the perfect host for this tournament. The reaction we have had in the city has been positive from day one. We had over a thousand spectators and more than 600 players taking part and the signs for a bigger and better tournament next year look exceptionally good."
Former England and Liverpool FC ace John Barnes was guest of honour at the tournament and gave the event, held at the Heron Eccles Playing Fields In Allerton, both thumbs up.
He said:- "I was delighted to see that sporting bodies are now working together to get more ethnic players into the game. A lot of work still needs to be done, but a
tournament like this is a big step in the right direction."
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One World Week; meetings organised by Churches Together in Waterloo
CHURCHES Together in Waterloo have organised three open meetings on the 7th, 14th and 21st October, to coincide with this years One World Week, which runs between 19th and 26th October.
Each event will take place at ST. JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, DENMARK STREET, WATERLOO, LIVERPOOL, at 8pm.
COUNCIL AGREES NEW SERVICES CONTRACT
City Council has agreed to enter into a 10 year agreement with Parkman, the consultancy services specialist, to deliver property and professional services through a joint venture company called 2020 Liverpool.
The new company will be officially launched this week with a formal signing of the contract in a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall. 2020 is the latest partnership developed by the City Council to improve its services and spearhead its social, economic and environmental regeneration strategy especially in the run -up to 2008 when Liverpool is European Capital of Culture.
The new company will be based on the council's former Design Consultancy and Land and Development Services but the contract has provision for broadening to include other professional services, providing the Council's professional services function in property, building, highways and traffic engineering. It will be supported by GVA Grimley, a major property consultancy, who will provide specialist property services to the joint venture. It is anticipated that the value of the contract will be around £10m per year.
Councillor Mike Storey, City Council Leader, said:- "2020 Liverpool shows how the Council is harnessing the best aspects of private sector experience and expertise to support its regeneration policies. It will create a service which will provide specialist support and professional expertise to deliver major initiatives which are the key to Liverpool's current renaissance."