On Saturday 8th November 2014, Roehampton University hosted the first ever Roehampton Community Shield Tournament. FC Spartans battled from a Nervy start to turn it round and win the trophy beating Regenerate Youth 3-1.
On a mild but windy day, around 40 players turned up to raise money for SURE24, an orphanage based in Kenya. They currently house and care for over 150 street kids. SURE24 also provide them with an education and help them into employment once they leave education. Linked with SURE24 is their football team and academy “Sure FC”. I first met the team in 2012 when I travelled to Kenya with Regenerate. Julie White, kindly donated football kits for me to give to the team.
The idea for a football tournament began back in May, Mark and I sat down to discuss a way we could raise money for such an amazing project. We were able to get 4 teams on board who entered the competition; Regenerate Allstars, Regenerate Youth, FC Spartans and also the Roehampton University Team. I would personally like to thank the University for not only hosting the event but also entering a team which helped us build stronger links. James and Josh worked with Mark and I to make sure the venue was ready for hosting the tournament. I would like to thank the teams for turning up and helping to raise money as well as their behaviour on and off the pitch. I would like to thank everyone who donated money to pay for the shield.
Without Mark, Andy, James and Josh, this tournament would not have been possible. I look forward to working with Regenerate and Roehampton University in future to keep building on the work we do in the community! I’d like to say thanks to our photographer Malachi Kelly for the fantastic action shots.
The Founder of Roehampton Community Shield, Luke Adam.