Kids' "World Cup" tournament to kick off series of Interfaith Week events

A WORLD Cup final at the New York Stadium will bring to a close a week of events celebrating different nationalities and faiths.

School pupils will kick off their race for glory tomorrow at the Rotherham Football Centre in Eastwood as Rotherham United Community Sports Trust organises its World Cup of Nations to mark Inter-faith Week.

The five-a-side face-off will include mixed cultural and gendered teams, with the last two standing heading to the final on Saturday.

There will be a day-long course titled An Introduction to Islam & the Muslim Culture Course at the Markazul Uloom Al-islamiyya Mosque from 9.30am to 4pm on Wednesday, which includes lunch and a visit to the mosque.

Liberty Church is holding an open evening from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday focussing on the persecution of Christian communities around the world.

And on Saturday, a jigsaw treasure hunt will encourage teams of young people to visit landmarks of interest around town to collect "jigsaw pieces", and prizes for the winners.

Starting at 11am at Liberty Church, it will finishes at Ridge Road Mosque at 1pm.

It is open to teams of four children with one adult.

After this, there will be a faith walk to the Minster and talks from leaders of different faith groups led by Rev Phil Batchford.

The Rotherworld Cup Final is the final event of the week and will be held at half-time during Rotherham United's game against Accrington Stanley.

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