Carn Brea football tournament helps bridge generation gap

Falmouth Packet: The winners of the tournament, Camborne Park FC, with their trophy. The winners of the tournament, Camborne Park FC, with their trophy.

Football has helped bridge the gap between generations and different towns.

A six-a-side football tournament was organised by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change for young people and adults aged 16 and over, as part of the Estate Olympics programme on social housing estates in the Camborne and Redruth area.

A total of 70 footballers from Pengegon, North Country, Lanner, Redruth, Illogan and Truro took part in the tournament at Carn Brea Leisure Centre.

Tasha Mitchell, from Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, said: “Teams from all over West Cornwall played in this tournament, bridging the gap between young people and adults.”

She said not only did the event bring together two different age groups but also teams from the Camborne Pool and Redruth area with the Truro area, who Tasha said “don’t usually interact well with each other.”

She added: “There is hope that the event has put aside differences and that there will be benefits to both the young people and the local community.

“All players thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and have since asked for tournaments to be organised once a month.

“This event was a huge success and hopefully we will now see the rewards in the community with young people and adults working together. It’s amazing how a sport can bridge the gaps between generations. ”

The tournament was funded using grants from the Sport England Fund, allocated by the National Lottery as part of its commitment to improving the provision of sports activities for young people and adults.

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