FORGET the World Cup – a far more enjoyable version of the beautiful game was played out near Chester for charity.Twenty four teams competed in the seven-a-side tournament at Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton, raising more than £1,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support, B.I.R.D and The Light Project.
Now in its 19th year, the event was hosted by Chester-based credit card company MBNA and local football club Crossway FC and saw teams allocated a team from Brazil 2014.
The event also doubled up as a family fun day, with a bouncy castle, stalls and other activities on offer.
Ugo Eboh, who works at MBNA and plays for Crossway FC, said: “It was a huge success and everyone had a lot of fun. We wanted to create a real family feel and that’s what we got.”
The Badgers BAA (France) were crowned Cup champions after narrowly beating Russell Athletic (Russia) 1-0 in a close final.
Crossway took on the mantle of FC Spain, eventually losing in the final of the Plate to Borussia Teeth (Uruguay) in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Ugo added: “The World Cup theme gave the tournament that extra bit of excitement and everyone was in high spirits. There was some great football and more importantly we raised lots of money .
“Massive thanks go to our sponsors, AW Mellor Associates, Visualmetrics and Domino’s and to the Lord and Lady Mayoress for opening the event and all who gave up their time and donated.”
Michael Walsh, of MBNA, said: “We’re delighted with the number of teams playing on the day and that everything came together as planned to help us raise so much money. It was an immensely enjoyable day for all involved and I’m proud of everyone who took part and who helped organise the event.”