Fun Football Match in aid of Street Child World Cup
Sunday 23rd February 2014: 2pm onwards
Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church played a ‘fun football match’ on Sunday 23rd February. This was to raise money for the appeal from the Methodist Children and Youth to sponsor one girls’ and one boys’ team from Nicaragua to participate in the Street Child World Cup in Rio, Brazil, in March. In a game of three halves, ‘The Youth’ challenged ‘The Oldies’ playing on a muddy field, generously lent by Merdon Junior School. With rolling substitutions, everyone was able to have a game from young children to those who were exhausted after just a few minutes! Blessed by a dry if chilly afternoon, the match was well supported by an enthusiastic crowd of church members and friends; the hot dogs kindly donated by ASDA were appreciated. With well over fifty players and supporters, more than £650 was raised; ‘The Oldies’ won 5-2!

The Rev. Peter Cornick said: “People were inspired that in Rio, street children will experience the joy of football and campaign for justice. Our football match gave us an opportunity for joy too, but also helped us pray for the street children whilst we played.”

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