Community projects/ May 2013 Tommy McLafferty Football - for the Homeless

Sun 19th May 2013 at 11.00 am - 5.30 pm

Annual football tournament and Bar B Q organised by the Cambridge South Rotary Club and local organisations that support the homeless - with sincere thanks to DGE Bill Redmayne, the Referees and our sponsors.

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The bright sunny day was a great success, with 10 teams playing enthusiastically and very sportingly under the watchful eyes of 4 coaches from Cambridge United and Abbeyfield, Girton.  After 11 close-fought games Jimmy's emerged as the overall winners with the Police team second and Wintercomfort third. The donated food and drink that kept everyone going throughout the day was much appreciated by all and we are very grateful to our sponsors. Congratulations to everyone involved for a well organised and fun event.

Player of the Tournament was awarded to Jack Wilton (Jimmy's)

Commended Player - Marlena (Cyrenians)

Goalie of the Tournament was awarded to Jason Wragg (Cambridge Police)

Commended Goalie - Gerry (Flack)

The DGE Bill Redmayne and his wife presented the Medals and Trophies on the day.

Many thanks to Davies Solicitors, Great Shelford for sponsoring some of the costs, David Ball Group for sponsoring the Referees, Pret a Manger, Jimmy's and Wintercomfort for the refreshments plus City Council and Abbey Sports for the facilities. 

Venue:      Abbey Leisure Complex, Whitehill Road Cambridge CB5 8NT - the tournament pitches are on the all-weather surface behind the Abbey Swimming Pool - ample parking.

Outline -

The fourth annual Tommy McLafferty Cup competition was held on Sunday 19th May 2013 - sponsored and organised by the Cambridge South Rotary Club, in partnership with Cambridge Link-Up and Wintercomfort for the Homeless. There were ten teams that competed for the cups. 

This tournament is named after Tommy McLafferty, who was an accomplished footballer - he spent as a coach with the Scottish giants Celtic - and a member of the homeless community, but who died in 2009 - the tournament is staged to help the homeless in Cambridge and bring them together to take part in this fun event.

Timetable 2013 :

11.00    Registration

11.15    Players warm-up and training session

                    with coaches from Cambridge United and Abbeyfield, Girton

12.00    Sandwich lunch - provided by Pret a Manger.

13.00    Start of tournament

                    Afternoon snack - provided by Jimmys Night Shelter.

17.00    End of tournament

17.15     Results and Prize-giving by the DGE Bill Redmayne

  • The McLafferty Cup for the Winning Team and Gold Medals
  • Silver Medals for the Runner-Up Team
  • The Player of the Tournament Cup
  • The Best Goalie ball
  • Bronze Medals for all the competitors

17.30     Hot Barbecue and cakes - provided by Food 4 Food (Winter Comfort)

Trophies will be awarded on the day and then an official presentation of the cups will be made at Cambridge United Football Club later in the year - details to be confirmed.

Teams on the day were Cangle Foyer, Cambridge Police, Cyrenians, Emmaus A and B, Flack, Jimmy's, Rotary A and B,  Winter Comfort.


1.    Cangle Foyer - as well as providing supported accommodation, they aim to enable disadvantaged 16-25 year-old young people to achieve self-reliance and independence. The scheme is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

Cambridge Cyrenians - was founded in 1970 to provide accommodation and support to single, homeless, men and women in Cambridge. They currently provide 71 bedspaces in 11 houses across the City. As an independent charity they work with other agencies in providing social housing, care and associated services. Accommodation is provided in small shared houses, where residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their own lives, rather than large hostels. By combining individual personal support, with provision of accommodation,  they strive for long term solutions rather than quick fixes.

The Emmaus Cambridge Community at Landbeach  - was the first to be established in the UK. Opened in 1992 by Terry Waite CBE, the charity is home to up to thirty people who were formerly homeless and earns its income from running a second-hand shop, just off the A10, which sells a wide range of second-hand furniture, household goods and collectables. The community works closely with other organizations in the area to support those people who are homeless or trapped by poverty. They also have a Coffee Shop for the sale of drinks, cakes, sandwiches and soup.

FLACK - This is a vibrant monthly whats on listings magazine for Cambridge written and produced by members of the citys homeless community (not just sold by them). It is a registered charity and offers its volunteers professional training, creative support and - perhaps most significantly - the knowledge that their voices are important.

Jimmys - open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, this is the only emergency accommodation provider in Cambridge. Since 1995, they have worked with over 6,000 different people. They offer a warm, welcoming environment to 20 men and women (and two dogs) who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough or in inappropriate or inadequate conditions plus they work to help their guests address their issues, gain new skills and take control of their lives, so they can move off the streets and into more permanent accommodation elsewhere. Its a place of hope, where lives can begin to change for the better.

Wintercomfort - they support those who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes by offering them basic amenities, opportunities for educational development and recreation, and a range of services designed to help them achieve greater autonomy and gives them a voice about the services on offer. It relies on the wider community who generously give their time, goods and financial support to ensure their essential services continue to support people with experience of homelessness and change their lives.

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