Salaam Academy wins URBOND Community Football Tournament – July edition

Salaam Academy wins URBOND Community Football Tournament – July edition

The July edition of URBOND Community Football Tournament took place on Saturday, 23rd 2022 at the Priory Community Sports Centre, Portsmouth.

8 teams registered and we grouped into Pool A and B.

Kick off was done by The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Canon Dr Hugh Mason and he had this to say to all the participant was, “This is an important event as it shows diversity in our city. When you walk on the streets you see people from Bangladesh, Poland, India, Uganda, Sudan, Morocco, and many different nationalities and that tells you how great our city is. To have many different nationalities here today continue to show the great work URBOND does to promote inclusion in our city.’’

Results can be seen below

POOL A Points Results
Richmond Raptors 4 LWD
Salaam Academy 4 WLD
Sudanese Community FC 4 WLD


POOL B Points Results
Charles Dickens FC 7 WDW
Ghost FC 6 LWW
Gambians FC 4 WLD
The Formidables 0 LLL



Richmond Raptors (0) vs Ghost FC (1)

Charles Dickens (0) vs Salaam Academy (1)


Ghost FC (0) vs Salaam Academy (2)


Salaam Academy

Winner: 2022 URBOND Community Football Tournament – July Edition.

Congratulations Salaam Academy!!

Team Captain, Othman had this to say after picking up the trophy, “Overall a very fun tournament with a good level of football. I’m glad we won and thank you to the organisers”

Captain Tomi of Ghost F.C. who finished Runner Up said, “I’m happy we were able to take part and the lads will all agree we had fun. We came close this time, but next time we will go a step further.”

Other team captains had this to say.

“Overall, a good tournament, and we’re looking forward to the next one” – Steven H. (Captain, Richmond Raptors)

“A very good tournament and it has help us students at the University of Portsmouth to interact with other locals in our community. I’ll suggest we should have it more often” – Joseph Alakija (Captain F.C. FIW)

“Very good tournament and we’re proud be here with other community members and playing a sport we all love.” – Mobarak Hussain (Coordinator Sudanese Community F.C.)

At the awards presentation, Ousmane Drame (CEO, URBOND), thanked everyone for taking part at the tournament and encouraged everyone to get involved in the work URBOND does in our community as everyone has a part to play to make it a better place to live in. He also thanked the tournament sponsor – Richmond Motor Group for their continuous support to URBOND and its efforts to engage our community members into fitness and sporting activities.

Special Guest of the tournament were the Police, Hampshire Constabulary who had PCSO Anthony Shurmer playing with The Formidables in the tournament and who also volunteered as referee for one of the semi-finals games. PCSO Anthony had this to say about the tournament, “Very well organised, very welcoming guys, lots of laugh and I’m very happy it’s about our community. You see people from a diverse background, and this is what makes a good community.’’

A total of 140 participants and supporters were at the tournament and funds raised will go towards support our work in our community and the URBOND Child Education Programme in the Republic of Guinea.

Our next Community Football Tournament is scheduled in October 2022 at Priory Community Sports Centre from 12pm. Date to be confirmed.

You can see and download pictures of the tournament on 23rd July 2022 HERE