Terrence Higgins Trust supports African Nations Cup UK

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Charity Terrence Higgins Trust is joining Africans from London and the rest of the UK to support the third annual African Nations Cup UK tournament this July.

The annual tournament, organised by the UK African Nations Union (UANU), is a free event, held from 2nd– 10th July at the West Ham Memorial Pitches and the Terence McMillan Stadium in Plaistow, and brings together football teams and supporters from UK African communities.

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is partnering with the tournament as part of its ‘Play It Safe’ sexual health promotion project and will be providing free health resources and emotional support for people attending.

Terrence Higgins Trust’s Health Promotion Co-ordinator, Takudzwa Mukiwa, said: “The tournament is a great free sporting day out and an opportunity for Africans to meet and engage with one another. It’s also a key arena for us to hand out free products that will help people safeguard their health and wellbeing and also their families.”

Teams representing 16 Diaspora African communities; Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Morocco, Algeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Somalia, will compete for the ‘Nations’ cup and organisers are expecting hundreds of supporters to attend the event. Spectators will enjoy a barbecue and refreshments and can participate in quiz competitions to win prizes.

Denis Mahadha, one of the tournament’s organisers, said: “The event’s going to be a lot of fun and bigger than ever this year, with music and entertainment. We’re hoping the atmosphere will remind people of their mother continent and that the tournament will provide a good opportunity for UK Africans to get together and share experiences whilst supporting their teams.”

Play It Safe is a two-year project funded by The Anglo American Group Foundation, aimed at reducing levels of late HIV diagnosis, condom failure and stigma amongst young African men in London

To find out more about THT’s Play It Safe project or the 2011 African Nations Cup UK, please call Takudzwa Mukiwa on 020 7812 1789 or email takudzwa.mukiwa@tht.org.uk.

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