Wrexham Inclusion FC, Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association, Bellevue FC, Kick It Out and Fans for Diversity have come together to bring an event to Wrexham promoting inclusion and equality across all levels of football, from grassroots to professional.
With help from many different associations including Wrexham AFC, the FAW Trust, North East Wales Football Association and the North East Wales Football League, Wrexham’s first league registered multi-ethnic specific team Bellevue FC have worked wonders bringing different ethnicities together by the power of football.
On Saturday, 24th February (ko 11.00am) Wrexham Inclusion FC will take to the field to play Bellevue FC with Wrexham MP Ian Lucas named as the referee. Many other local politicians, members of inclusion and diversity charities will also be in attendance.
This is a real opportunity to advertise our town as one that supports diversity in our communities and sport making Wrexham a great place to live and enjoy football.
The day will consist of the friendly match played at Bellevue Park before both clubs head to "Set the Bar" in Wrexham where Kick it Out will host a meal for both clubs and selected sponsors.
Following the meal, the teams will be attending Wrexham AFC against Aldershot Town at the Racecourse where the winners of the match will be presented a trophy at half-time.
The idea came about after a meeting between DSA community member Steve Gilbert and Kick It Out Diversity Campaigns Manager Anwar Uddin.
The match will bring together people from all walks of life. 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.
Wrexham Inclusion FC manager Carl Austin said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Delwyn from Bellevue FC and Steve from Wrexham DSA for making this happen.
"Also Kick It Out, Wrexham AFC, Set The Bar and NEWFA. Please come along on the day to show your support.”