Eight teams from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire entered the Walking Football Festival held at Belper Leisure Centre on 1st August.
The teams came together to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield. The hospice cares for children from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, as well as their families. The teams donated their entry fee for the festival to the charity and also had ‘fines’ issued throughout the festival which were also donated.
These ‘fines’ were:
- £1 donated if a team was caught running by the referee more than 5 times in a match.
- 50p donation made by an individual who received any card from the referee.
- £1 donation made if a team did not score in a match.
- 50p donation made from any individual who kicked the ball over the 3G pitch fencing.
- 50p donation made by a team if they gave away a penalty. If the opposition then scored from the resulting spot kick, another 50p donation was made.
- 20p donation made by any individual who missed, or had their spot kick saved.
- 20p donation made by Mike Gilmore for every goal scored in the festival.
Overall the festival was a huge success, with over £300 raised for the charity!
Angie Harper, Football Development Officer for Derbyshire County FA said, “It was great to see so many teams taking part in this charity walking football festival raising money for an excellent cause; we hope to make it a regular event in the walking football calendar.”
To find out more about Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice please visit their website.