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Communities Championships in full swing

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The new Communities Championships is under way with the second round of matches scheduled for this weekend.

The 11-a-side, round-robin competition involves 12 teams with games taking place each Saturday at Mills Park, Beckenham.

The Championships run until the Grand Final on August 24. The 10 teams not in the Grand Final will be involved in a round-robin five-a-side Communities Cup on the day.

Football West Inclusive Development Officer Elmi Ali said: “There is a lot of talent in the communities teams and it is great to see the event under way.

“Three years ago the Burundi Community team had Elvis Kamsoba playing in the Perth Africa Nations competition. He grew up in a Tanzanian refugee camp yet not long ago signed for Melbourne Victory.”

Ali added: “We are grateful for the support of the Department of Home Affairs’ Fostering Integrations Grant for this event and we also have strong backing of the WA Police.”

Elvis Kamsoba controls the ball during the Melbourne Victory training session at Gosch’s Paddock in February. Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Ali said the Communities Championships would take a break during Ramadan, which is from May 6 to June 2.

“Instead we will hold education workshops each Saturday at Queens Park SC. This will include coaching, refereeing and governing.”

Round Two fixtures

Saturday, May 4
Mills Park, Beckenham

Persia v Cameroon (1pm)
Saudi Arabia v Liberia (1pm)
Virsa Club v Nigeria (3pm)
Iraq v Congo (3pm)

Byes: Turkey, Punjabi Cultural Sports Club, WA Police, Australia