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July 8, 2012

Not quite 24 hours, but it wasn’t far off. Over £1,000 raised at football on 7th July as the bananas play out of their skins

by huw15

The second Huw Thatcher Trust 5 a side football tournament took place on Saturday 7th July with 160 players and lots of spectators having a great day.

The day started with a competitive and entertaining 9 and 10 year olds’ competition at 9.00am, and finished 17 hours later with 16 and 17 year olds dressed as bananas and fancy dress both serving up lots of fun and some good football!

5 competitions took place between 9.00am and 2.00am the following day – and the winners of each section were presented with a cup and medals.  The trophies were received with pride by the younger age groups and amusement all round by the older groups, but the medals were nice with a olympic style torch and the words ‘Remembering Huw Thatcher’.  The winners were:

  1. under 10s and 11s – Scholes Junior School 2
  2. under 12s and 13s – Caleb Crozier’s team
  3. under 14s and 15s – George Oakley’s team
  4. girls – Katie Broomhead’s team
  5. senior boys – Stuart Morrison’s team

There were some great moments such as the enthusiasm of the under 10s and 11s, the well stocked food stall, the ability of Amy Broomhead showing us why she’s a Huddersfield Town girls player, Ellie’s cakes with a blue number 2 icing – and one team all playing in number 2 ♥♥♥.  And then of course the senior boys competition which featured a team dressed up in banana suits who played out of their skins to reach the final.  The other finalists were dressed in onesie type outfits and were excellent although they were aided significantly by Stuart who demonstrated some great goalkeeping skills in keeping with what you would expect from a 2nd year Bradford City apprentice.

Over £1,0o0 was raised and this will be banked with the charity and added to the total over the next week or so.

The day was well organised and all credit to George, Cal and Louie for working so hard before the day – and on the day to get everything organised.  Many thanks too to the others who helped out in particular Ellie, Liam, Brad, Sam, Andy and Sean and a number of the parents including Jim, Dave, Russ and Angela along with Jane who did the midnight onwards shift to keep Nick company and make sure everything went without undue incident!  Thank you to the school also for use of the facilities for the second year running.

Most of all thank you to everyone who took part and paid their £5 entry fees and to those who organised teams and or donated food.  It was a pleasure once again to meet some new people especially (even) more of those who shared great times with Huw at school over the years.  That all contributed to a day of entertainment and amusement, good football, community spirit, involvement of so many people, raising over £1,000 and most of all remembering a beautiful boy who had so many good times in the sports centre where we spent the day on 7th July ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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