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Meet the Sunday League stars who are gallery art

The exhibition "Roath Rec World XI" is on at the M.A.D.E gallery Photo: dangreenphotography.com

They've been snapped in action and are now looking down from the walls of an art galley. They are playing the beautiful game and they come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

But this isn't the World Cup.

Come rain or shine, these multinational and multi-ethnic park players meet three times a week at Roath Rec in Cardiff.

The players of Roath Rec are featured in a photographic exhibition. Credit: dangreenphotography.com

Dan Green is the Cardiff based photographer behind the project. His work has the idea of community at its core.

Roath Rec World XI combines Dan’s two biggest passions, photography and football.

He has been playing at Roath Rec for almost 30 years and with this project celebrates its huge diversity, and he says he hopes to encourage more people to get involved.

The players who use Roath Rec come from all over the world. Credit: dangreenphotography.com

The exhibition will coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and will take place at M.A.D.E. gallery in Lochaber Street, Roath in June/July 2014.

What's attracted me and many other people is the openness and inclusivity of the playing fileds. People who live from various parts of Cardiff and who originate from all corners on the globe, decent of the Rec for a friendly kick-about. Regardless of race, creed, cultural or political beliefs, we always meet to simply play the game and we all get on.

– Dan Green
Generations of players were involved in the project. Credit: dangreenphotography.com

When I interviewed the players, many said that they felt part of a family and of a special community. I'm sure this is the case across Britain.

– Dan Green
The exhibition brought players together. Credit: dangreenphotography.com

I've been wanting to do this football project for sometime and thought it best to exhibit during the the iconic Brazilian World Cup. My exhibition celebrates diversity, community, people, healthy living, the public amenity and takes a positive view of football.

The exhibition has also helped fellow players discover more about the others and thus binding and growing this group of people. I invited a lot of the players to the opening and they were over the moon that they were being celebrated in this way.

– Dan Green
The exhibition is on throughout the World Cup. Credit: dangreenphotography.com