You may be aware, or you may have heard, that Nigel Hillyard and a few colleagues are organising a major fundraising event for Cambridge United's Community Trust. The aim is to raise £15,000 specifically for sessions run by the Trust for participants with disabilities and at the same time promote Walking Football.
The plan is to play a 5 a-side Walking Football match, over a 12 hour period, with roll on roll off subs from 10am until 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2022. The match will take place at the sand-based astro pitches at the Abbey Leisure Centre.
To do this he NEEDS approx. 80 – 100 players and a group of about 20 helpers.
Players will be split into two squads and allocated an approximate time slot during the 12 hour match, which means they do not have to sacrific
e the whole of Bank Holiday Monday to take part, instead they can turn up around their allotted time, play in the match and then do as they please.
Players can opt to choose how long they wish to play for e.g. 30 minutes to 2 hours, express preferences when to play, i.e. morning, afternoon or evening and if groups of players wish to play at the same time we will try and accommodate that too.
Helpers (who can also be players) will be required to stay maybe two or three hours and ensure the roll on roll off substitutions run smoothly, keep track of the score and scorers, referee/officiate, and help with any other tasks to ensure the event runs smoothly.
At this stage Nigel would simply like to hear from you if you are interested in playing or helping, or both. It should be a good fun filled social event.
Before you express an interest below here are few things you may like to know:
Player safety is paramount and to make it safer players must appreciate the game will be an endurance event and only lightly competitive. It will be strictly no tackling, no physical contact and of course only walking is permitted.
It is fully inclusive. At any one time the ten players on the pitch may be a mixture of abilities, ages from 10? to 90, sexes, able bodied and some with disabilities. The match has to be played in the right spirit.
Players will be required to aim to raise £100 each in sponsorship from friends and families in the now familiar ways and the Trust has an online platform to help with this.
One of the main sponsors is the Cambridge Independent Newspaper and it is expected there will be a fair bit of media coverage, including local radio and TV. Each squad will also have a sponsor.
The event is a trial for a Guinness Book of Records attempt which is planned for 2023.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING OR HELPING – Please drop Nigel an email at email@example.com with a quick note saying if you’d like to play, help, or both. He will then send you a form to fill in and get your interest registered. You are not committing to anything at this stage and he really wants to hear from you.