Football Unites has ten years experience of running small-sided tournaments. These are normally organised in school holidays, at a variety of venues. For several years we held regular events at the Powerleague 5-a-side centre (formerly Pitz), often attracting over 200 young people.
One of the most successful tournaments at Powerleague was in Easter 2001, when the Blades’ Cameroon international Patrick Suffo attended the event for over 4 hours, chatting to players and taking part in an impromptu coaching session.
Nowadays our tournaments are normally held at the Blades Academy, as the option of using the indoor sports hall facility offers a guarantee against inclement weather.
However our biggest tournament each year is the Community Day at the Bramall Lane ground, when four separate events are held. Winners and runners-up all receive prizes, often presented by a Sheffield United player.
Football Unites, in conjunction with the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA, organises an annual ‘All Nations’ tournament at the Sheffield University Goodwin Centre. The event is aimed at teams of refugees and asylum-seekers, and teams participate from a wide mix of countries of origin, including Afganistan, Angola, Chile, Albania/Kosovo, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Yemen, Liberia, Eritrea, Congo and Kurdistan.