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Teams sign up for Anti-Racism World Cup

The World Cup will be held in Northern Ireland this summer – well, the Anti-Racism World Cup.

Belfast has become the centre of an ever-growing seven-a-side football tournament that aims to break down racism.

While Brazil will be the focus of every football lover's attention in June, teams from across the world will gather in Belfast to take part in this sporting weekend from August 1-3.

The Anti-Racism World Cup is just one of the many community projects that have been helped by a grant from Sport Relief Community Cash.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with Sport Relief – with the help of Community Foundation for Northern Ireland – to ensure that its £50,000 Community Cash fund goes to the most deserving community initiatives and groups.

The Anti-Racism World Cup tournament, which is hosted at Donegal Celtic's football ground, attracted 24 teams last year and community worker and dedicated fundraiser Jackie Bradley believes that this year's will be even bigger.

"We have teams entered from here, a team from the Travelling community, from the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, England Germany, Poland and Palestine and beyond," she said .

To register for the Anti-Racism World Cup find it on Facebook or on twitter @anti racismworldcup.

Meanwhile, applications to the Sport Relief Community Cash Fund are now open for community projects such as this who are helping people "who lead tough lives" and will close at 12 noon on March 3.

Belfast Telegraph