Annual charity football contest is set to raise around £1,250

The victorious Holbrook Sports team celebrate getting their hands on The Belper Nursing Cup for the first time since 1999''Photo by Terry Fletcher
The victorious Holbrook Sports team celebrate getting their hands on The Belper Nursing Cup for the first time since 1999''Photo by Terry Fletcher

The 2013 Belper Nursing Cup charity competition is set to raise around £1,250 for three good causes.

The final of this year’s competition took place at Belper Town’s ground on Bank Holiday Monday, when Holbrook Sports beat Bargate Rovers, to win the cup for the first time since 1999.

Belper Nursing Cup honorary secretary Vickie Newey was pleased with how the competition, which dates back to the 19th century and was restarted again in the early 1970s, went this year.

She explained: “This year, we had 11 teams from ten clubs, all staunch supporters of the competition. We hold a prize draw at each match and Belper Town let us take some of the gate at the final and we also have sponsorship from local businesses to help us, so that’s how the money is raised for the chosen charities. This year, it looks like we have raised around £1,250 for distribution to three charities and they are the Penguin Club, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Action Medical Research for Children.

“We will certainly be back again next year. All the clubs in the area are very into it - they are very supportive of what we are doing. Our be-all and end-all is to raise money and it’s good they get involved in helping us do that.

“They come back year after year, as the supporters do and the businesses who help with sponsorship, and it’s good for sport to play such a positive role in the town. We would like to thank the clubs, the supporters who come along and the sponsors for helping the competition go well.”