Friendly football match raises awareness of White Ribbon campaign

Date published: 03 December 2023

A friendly football match between Rochdale Borough Council and local community group Bangladeshi Arts and Sports Association (BASA) Rochdale CIC took place on Thursday (30 November), helping to raise awareness of the White Ribbon anti-domestic violence campaign.

The game was played at The Soccer Factory in Castleton with support from The Mayor of Rochdale Mike Holly who kindly presented the winner’s trophy.

RBC were in the lead within minutes, but BASA quickly stepped up the pressure and equalised to make it all level at 1-1.

After a very good game between the two teams, the match ended up with BASA winning 5-2.

Both teams pledged their support for the White Ribbon Campaign, which aims to put a stop to male violence and abuse against women and girls.

White Ribbon Day takes place on 25 November and is followed by 16 days of action against gender-based violence.

Men are asked to wear a white ribbon and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence and abuse against women and girls.

Although the campaign focuses on male violence and abuse against women, support is also available for male victims of domestic abuse in the borough of Rochdale.

To find out more about the White Ribbon campaign visit

Confidential advice and support for all victims and people affected by domestic abuse are available from: 

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