Football match raises £1k for CAFOD

Tournament winners - the team fro St Mary's Primary, Langho
Tournament winners - the team fro St Mary's Primary, Langho

EURO 2012 soccer fever seems to have swept across the Ribble Valley ...but with the aim of raising money for a good cause.

St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, held their second annual CAFOD football tournament, which saw staff and pupils from the school, along with CAFOD volunteers and staff, help organise and deliver a terrific day of sport. Seven local primary schools were invited to St Augustine’s to show off their football skills with a chance to win the CAFOD Cup and raise money for the charity’s work around the globe.

The sun shone on a very competitive day of football in which pupils from St John the Baptist’s Padiham, St Mary’s Sabden, St Mary’s Langho, St Leonard’s Langho, St Mary’s Osbaldeston, St Joseph’s Hurst Green and St Michael and St John’s, Clitheroe, took part in the match. The tournament came to a dramatic finale with three teams that could have won the title, the outcome depending on the last two games of the day. The eventual winners were St Mary’s Langho.

Anne Marie Coppock, CAFOD Salford Diocesan Manager, who presented the winning team with their trophy, said: “All the pupils who took part were terrific ambassadors for their schools; they showed great teamwork and sportsmanship. By taking part today they were standing together with their sisters and brothers in the developing world by raising awareness and money for CAFOD’s work.”

A spokesman for the school added: “A big thank you must go to St Augustine’s Mr Tom Holt, who for the second year running did a superb job of organising the day. All the schools who took part are doing something to raise money for CAFOD, many of them organising their very own sports day. It is hoped that the total raised will reach a terrific £1,000.”