Apr 2010 Football Tournament for the Homeless - Clare College Sports Ground, Bentley Road, Cambridge

Sun 25th April 2010

Football bringing together teams from Winter Comfort, Jimmy's Night Shelter, Emmaus, with teams from the Police and South Cambridge Rotary Club. Followed by a barbecue at 5.00 pm (cost £5/head)

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The Weather - perfect between the morning and evening showers!
A real "hands on" event with Rotary providing the funds and a super partnership with Wintercomfort and Link-up to organise and run it. The organisation seemed, to me, to work fine on the day.
The naming of the cup after a former member of the homeless community - suggested by the homeless community. All organisations (including the Police and Rotary)that I expected/hoped to field a team on the day, did so. There was a real feeling of sportsmanship throughout. The enthusiasm was infectious and super.
There were 2 minor injuries but neither of these resulted from physical contact.
The keen competition and tension of the penalties at the end of the final.
I was thanked by a considerable number of players who clearly had had a really good afternoon. A quote - said to Sue "I usually spend Sunday drinking all day. I managed today on just 2 pints (before the matches) and thoroughly enjoyed the football and had a great meal at the end". He went on to thank her.
Involvement of Rotary members and friends in advising, preparing, playing, helping and especially refereeing for 3 hours non-stop.
Involvement of a Rotary scholar, Andrew Hable, who acted as a referee and also found several players for the Rotary team.
Great support from Clare College including the pitches prepared by the groundsman and the super BBQ prepared by his mum and friend.
It was good that the chair of both the Police Authority and Link-up presented the prizes.
That incredible look of pride from the player (Musa Kamara) of the tournament and also the whole YMCA team.
Many thanks to David Adamson for making this happen, to Dave Ellis and Andrew Hable for acting as referees and to Cathy and Kirsten for working so well to deliver this initiative.

Follow up - Musa Kamera was selected to captain the England team which reached the quarter finals in the Homeless World Tournament held in Brazil in September 2010. He told his story to the club at our meeting on 11 October.


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