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5 a side Competition

Fundraising 5 a side competition was held on 12 August and raised over £650. A full report on the evening's activities is online now. Click here to read it. Photos are also available to view - Click here to see them.

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Posts Tagged ‘5 a side tournament’

I’ve been a busy boy today, running around outside Wembley Stadium taking snaps of the Kinetic 5s fundraising event. Funds generated from this event go into the bursary fund to assist some nations in getting their team to the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris. It’s not often I get to spend a whole day with my camera, so I really enjoyed my time behind the lens. I’m still very much an amateur, but here’s a little selection for you to view.

By the way, today’s event will have raised a few thousand pounds!

Done! Complete! Finished! And £650 raised!

Really pleased … and relieved to have got the event out of the way. In the days leading up to it, I got anxious and was really concerned that I’d forgotten something. And at 5pm, just an hour before the start, the heavens opened and cats, dogs, zebras and giraffes fell from the sky … but it cleared up by 6pm. The money raised on the night puts me much closer to my fundraising target and frees up a bit of brain space, too. Phew!

I’ve written a full report on the event, with pics too, (click here to view it), but, in short, we had 8 teams battle it out through group matches, semi-final and final to win the trophy. 40 goals later, plus a sudden death penalty shoot out, De Lage Lads, from De Lage Landen Leasing Ltd, walked away with the trophy, and their goalkeeper, held high.

Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold too, contributing towards the total raised, and a sincere thanks must go to all the companies who donated items to the raffle. There were some fab ones!

Big Day

12 August; Author: World Cup Willy

Big day today. It’s the charity 5 a side competition tonight. 8 teams playing and hopefully lots of spectators too.

The event should be fun rather than serious, as loads of the guys playing haven’t played for years (or more!). I’m expecting my colleagues to get a whooping and finish bottom of their group, but let’s see what they can manage before writing them off.

Raffle is afterwards, with some great prizes, and over 200 tickets sold already. I’ve had some very generous donations from a whole range of organisations and some of the prizes are very attractive. Hoping it’ll bring in a few quid too.

Watch this space for a full report!

OK, so it’s been a while since I last updated my blog. I have a barrel-load of reasons/excuses/justifications for my absence, but will spare them for another time. The only things I will say are i) very busy at work and ii) plans for the 5 a side competition are coming along nicely …

It’s been a bit of a squeeze for the last few weeks juggling work with fundraising, but I’ve managed to get many requests for raffle/auction donations out by snail mail, email and generally dropping in on places at random. Letters went out about 4 weeks before the raffle (less time than I had hoped for and cutting it a bit tight) but so far I’ve already had a shirt from Liverpool FC, entry for lots of people to paintball and an executive box and tour at Wycombe Wanderers FC confirmed. I’ve also managed to get a signed Roy Keane autobiography too, courtesy of an old school friend, James Hollman, who is now the goalkeeping coach at Ipswich Town. Very excited by that one! Hoping for a few more items to make the event even more appealing.

So far I’ve got 6.5 teams confirmed for the event (waiting for final confirmation from the seventh) with 8-10 being the perfect number. Not sure what the standard is going to be like, as I can’t imagine some of the guys from work have kicked a ball in anger for many years, but I’m expecting it to be good fun regardless. Balls have arrived, ref’s whistle purchased and trophies ordered. Teams confirmed so far are from Coffee Nation Ltd, Dreams plc, HM Air Cooling and Complete IT.

While this has all been going on I’ve had a serious think about my knee. Yes, it’s getting better (my chiropractor rocks!), but this late surge of treatment has reduced my training to almost zero since I took on this fundraising project all those weeks ago. I’m sorry to say, but have to pull out of the Suffolk Coast Bike Ride and the Ipswich Half Marathon in August and concentrate on an event in October – The Royal Parks Half Marathon. I stand a chance of getting round that without risking any long-term damage to my knee so, with my practical hat on (dull, huh?) I’m going to defer all my energy for this event. I’ll keep an eye out for anything else I can get involved in, just so all my sponsors can get their money’s worth of sweat out of me. Really sorry to sound like I’m wimping out, but all that running and riding just ain’t gonna happen with my body playing up like it is.

Funds currently stand at £1172 – 45% of my target. Planning for a successful August to bring in the remaining half!

Getting late in the evening now, so I’m off to bed shortly, ready for another full day in (or even ‘out’) of the office :)

I’m plesed to confirm a 5 a side tournament to raise money for The Homeless World Cup Foundation will be held on Thursday 12 August at Hamilton School in High Wycombe, from 6pm. Entry is £60 per team of 5 (or 6 if you fancy a sub) with all funds raised going to the charity. Click here to download an application form for the tournament.

There’ll be group matches, semi final and a final, so there’ll be lots of football to play with a trophy for the winning team. Plans are also being put down for a post-tournament auction and raffle with some food for everyone too.

If you don’t fancy playing, please do come along to support the teams – it should be an evening full of fun :)

What is this all about?

This is all about creating new futures for people ... through football. It's simple! And more than 500 people from across the world will have the opportunity by taking part in the 2010 Homeless World Cup. The event raises awareness of homelessness globally and drives people to change their lives with new health, jobs, homes, families and more. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Who am I?

I'm Wil, a football fan ... and now a volunteer at the 2010 Homeless World Cup. I've taken on the challenge of volunteering for the 2010 Homeless World Cup to combine my passion for football with a desire to help others. I'll be getting my hands dirty at the event, helping in a whole range of ways (lugging around equipment, directing teams, talking to the press, compiling results, writing blogs and more). It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to make a difference to so many other people's lives.