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Out and about at the tournaments

26th June 2007

Summertown Stars AFC

When Summertown Stars AFC girls under 10 team decided to adopt the Oxford Children�s Hospital as their charity for the season, little did they realise that there was already a link between the club and the hospital. It simply seemed like a good idea to raise money for such an excellent local cause.

It was only when the club was organizing its annual 5 a-side tournament that any connection was discovered. The Summertown Stars girls under 10's manager Paul Chamberlain approached its kit supplier, Elmer Cotton, to see if they would place an advert in the tournament programme. Dale Harris, the manager at Elmer Cotton, casually mentioned that it was nice to see that the Stars were supporting his daughter's charity. Dale's daughter, Mya Harris, suffers from Spina Bifida, and is a regular at the Oxford Children's Hospital, and the link was established.

Then the club landed a bit of a coup. Barclays Plc generously agreed to bring the Barclays Premiership Trophy to the 5 a side tournament, so that the club could try and generate donations for CHOX and the club. Quickly other deals were struck. www.redyset.com readily agreed to donate a mini IGOAL to the hospital for their children's play area. They also kindly ran the penalty shoot out throughout the weekend.

Over the tournament weekend, 114 children's football teams from as far a field as Peckham in London, Reading and Cheltenham, came and played in the competitions. The standard of football was high, but most importantly the children had fun.

To cap a great weekend, Summertown Stars girls under 10 team played great football, and managed to finish runners-up behind St. Edmunds in their competition. Over £1,000 was raised at the tournament for CHOX at the hospital, and the event was a resounding success.

Interest in the IGOAL during the weekend and requests for further demonstrations was tremendous with many teams in the Oxford area now making full use of their IGOALS during pre-season build up.

Redyset was pleased to attend many other tournaments in the busy in-between season period and these include not only those in the Oxford area but also in Lancashire, Surrey and E Sussex areas.