COFTA (The Coptic Orthodox Football Tournament Association) aims to provide an opportunity for Coptic youth from all over the UK to come together and take part in mutual enjoyment of sport. Not only does this provide an opportunity to meet and interact with other members of the body of Christ, but also provides the chance to utilise, enjoy, and hopefully improve on talents that God has given.
COFTA’s current duties include the arrangement of Annual National Coptic Orthodox Football Tournaments for young men and young women. Hopefully this will soon be expanded to organising the National Coptic Orthodox Premier League, and supervising sports events during sports days and the annual conferences, and there are even plans for European as well as indoor-football tournaments.
Coptic United Football Team, Coptic United FC was formed in 2010 following the successes of the individual Coptic Church teams from the previous 5 years of COFTA Cup competitions. The team is formed of Copts from around the UK under the grace and shepherding of its Patron. HG Bishop Angaelos. The aim of the club is to encourage Coptic fellowship via the medium of competitive sport and to spread the word of the Coptic Church to all we interact with.
COBEBA (Coptic Orthodox British Events Basketball Association) Like COFTA, this weekend-long basketball tournament is about sharing our talents in an environment where Christ is present and competing in a spirit of fellowship.
2010 saw the birth of this annual tournament with teams of players from Coptic churches around the UK battling it out for the position of COBEBA's finest basketballers in squads of at least 5, enjoying the 2 newly purchased baskets and newly lined sports hall in the St George Cathedral building.
The men’s COBEBA tournament takes place in March, and there is now a ladies’ COBEBA too.