Hope you are well. Hope you don’t mind but I thought I’d share details of the forthcoming TackleAfrica Jersey Football Marathon that I’m helping to organise. This is the 5th year we’ve run the event in Jersey and to date we’ve raised over to £40k for the work of TackleAfrica in Africa. I was wondering if you would help me share the event within your Football contacts on the island.
About the Marathon
The marathon is a 12 hour 6-a-side tournament. It’s an endurance based event with squads of 8 playing 20 minute matches with a 3 – 4 minute turnaround between games all organised into a tournament structure so we have an eventual winner at 8pm. Cost of entry is £20 per player and we then ask players to try to arrange personal sponsorship for the event. This year the event is on the 4th June and once again we’re back at Les Quennevais Sports Centre. Team registration deadline is the 29th April and whilst we have a lot of returning teams already in we can always accommodate more. This year we’re also being sponsored by Airtel-Vodafone who are also promoting the event. Kick off is at 8am, and the final whistle blows at 8pm. Last year we had about half the Jersey Island team playing and Scott Welsh put a team in from St. Peters.
2015 Event in Jersey
In 2015, the 4th annual Jersey Football Marathon was held at Les Quennevais Sports Centre in St. Brelade on Saturday 30th of July. Over 100 island footballers in 14 teams took part, each playing at least 20 games of 20 minute football over the course of a 12 hour fundraising super tournament.
Here are some key stats:
· 115 games were played
· 513 goals were scored
· Farcelona were the top scorers, scoring an impressive 60 goals
· Champions Payn FC were impressive with only 2 losses and a massive 36 goal difference
The event raised £13,000, taking the 4-year total past the £40,000 mark.
The money raised will help TackleAfrica deliver life-saving HIV education through football coaching to young people across Africa. £10,000 is enough to train and support 50 African coaches to deliver regular HIV education sessions to 2,000 young people in their communities for a year.
TackleAfrica would like to say a huge thank you to Les Quennevais Sports Centre for providing excellent playing facilities, and to everyone who played, volunteered and donated. We look forward to seeing you all again this year!
See below for more information and photos.
.. and a seriously impressive video of the day courtesy of Rory Steel
TackleAfrica is a HIV / AIDS awareness and education charity who operate in sub-Saharan Africa. We use football coaching to educate young Africans about sexual health, relationships and HIV.
What we do involves two of the most important things in Africa: HIV and Football.
Almost everyone in Africa is affected by HIV / AIDS. Young people are particularly vulnerable.
Football in Africa is incredibly popular and a great way of engaging with young people.
Specifically we teach young people how to avoid getting HIV, how to live with HIV if you have it, and how to support others to do the same.
All our education is done on the pitch through unique interactive football drills, so young people enjoy, understand, learn and remember.
We train African coaches, schoolteachers and youth leaders to do this coaching so that our work is African led and nobody is completely dependant on us. We call these people ‘multipliers’ as they are able to multiply our impact by training others.