Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Justin Fashanu All-Stars triumphed in the first-ever Justin Campaign Football Tournament in Nottingham. The competition, which was organised by the Brighton-based organisation in association with The University of Nottingham Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning (LGBTQ) Staff Network, involved eight male teams and seven female teams from around the UK. It was also the first time Nottingham had hosted a football tournament with both gay and non-gay teams participating.

A spokesman for the team said:
"The All-Stars men’s team worked hard throughout the tournament, which was sponsored by Groundworks, a Greater Nottingham organisation that works with young people, and eventually came out on top, lifting the trophy after beating Jamie’s Team. Real Sparta won the women’s tournament, with Spartalona taking the runners-up spot.

"As well the football competition, various LGBT organisations such as the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Rainbow Heritage and the University of Nottingham Staff Networks, all took part in a stalls fair.

"The All-Stars were particularly delighted to win their first trophy in Nottingham, as Justin Fashanu himself had endured a very difficult time there in his spell with Nottingham Forest. However, the tournament was very much about moving forward and changing the landscape of football rather than dwelling on the past.

"Overall, over £230 was raised for the Justin Campaign who would like to thank Claire Henson and Julie Bennett in particular for their incredible work in organising the competition.

"The tournament will take place again next year but in the meantime, the All-Stars are looking for more players to join their ranks and don the famous pink shirts."

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