Herts Aid is hosting a football tournament for the BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) community at Birchwood Leisure Centre on Saturday 6th of August.
The all-day event, which starts at 12 noon, will see 12 teams battle it out to win the Herts Aid cup.
The Mayor of Welwyn and Hatfield, Councillor Pat Mabbott and Consort Past Mayor Councillor Carl Storer will be attending the event to officially open the tournament and preside at the award ceremony which also includes a BBQ and Fun and games for the children.
The focus of the day is on exercise, health and wellbeing so there will be health information stalls covering issues like Mental Health awareness, diabetes, and smoking cessation. Herts Aid will be giving out information on HIV and sexual health and will also be offering free ‘finger prick’ HIV testing with results available immediately in a private setting. Anyone diagnosed will be offered support, along with information on local HIV services, treatment and care.
Juddy Otti, Public Health Lead at Herts Aid said “ This year we are celebrating our 5th Herts Aid Cup in Hertfordshire. It’s always a fantastic family day out, with friendly competition, great food and lots of laughs.
We’re also able to give people vital health information in a relaxed environment. This year we’re asking if people know their HIV status and offering free confidential tests to those who would like to take them. The event will help us to tackle some of the stigma that surrounds HIV and will get people talking about this and other important health issues.”
The football tournament will see 12 teams of 11- a – side from around the county take part in the tournament on 3 pitches. The event will be overseen by four FA qualified referees.
Herts Aid supports people living with HIV and if anyone within the county would like to talk confidentially to a member of the team please call us.
For more information on the tournament call 01920 484784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.