Children in Crossfire will be joining in the upcoming World Cup buzz by holding two 5-a-side football tournaments on Sunday 8 July, one at Bay Road Soccer in Derry and the other at Playball Pavilion in Stormont, Belfast.
Speaking at the event launch, Executive Director Richard Moore said:
“Excitement is building for the World Cup and Children in Crossfire wants to be part of that. We will be holding two 5-a-side tournaments on Sunday 8 July – one at Bay Road Soccer in Derry and the other at the Playball Pavilion in Belfast. We are encouraging football fans to sign up and take part.
“Proceeds from this tournament will support Children in Crossfire’s programmes in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Our focus is on Early Childhood Development, which means supporting young children and their families. Working with local partners, we:
· Build and equip classrooms;
· Train pre-school teachers and ensure they have age-appropriate learning materials;
· Deliver school feeding programmes so no child is too hungry to learn;
· Provide vital healthcare support;
· Construct wells to ensure access to safe, clean water; and
· Give parents the support they need to ensure their children thrive at home as well as in school.
“Each team participating in our World Cup will pay £200. To give a sense of how far money raised here can go there, £200 can guarantee a nutritious meal at school for ten children for a year; or provide a safe, clean water supply to eight families; or buy enough books for two pre-school classes. Everyone taking part in this competition will be making a real and positive difference in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children who deserve the very best possible start in life.”
Children in Crossfire’s Events Fundraiser Eileen Warren spelled out the competition details:
“We are asking local businesses, bars, friend groups – really anybody who enjoys a game of football – to sign up and take part in our 5-a-side World Cups. The tournament will run from approximately 12noon to 5pm on Sunday 8 July at Bay Road Soccer in Derry and Playball Pavilion in Belfast. Each squad of eight players has to raise £200 and the winners will take home £500.”
Community Fundraiser Connor Malone added:
“We will do a live draw in the days before the tournament to assign all 32 teams a country. It’s going to be great fun – and a great fundraiser – so please get in touch and get involved.”