Jersey International Business School held a charity football tournament on Sunday 17 December, raising £3,300 for Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation.
Eight teams participated in the JIBS 4 Africa Challenge Trophy at Springfield Stadium, with each team donating £400 to take part. The seven-a-side round-robin tournament required that teams play with a minimum of one playing female at all times.
Ricky Weir, founder of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation (J2A), said:
“We are delighted to become a strategic partner with the Jersey International Business School and to be supported by this inaugural and successful fundraising tournament. J2A aims to enhance the lives of young people in Africa through football, whilst JIBS enhances young people's lives in Jersey through education. Whilst on the face of it their lives may seem a million miles apart, football is truly the common denominator, whether it is being played on the dirt fields of Nairobi or the first-class 3G surface at Springfield, as was the case this weekend.”
The following teams entered the tournament, with Standard Bank also donating towards the event:
The emphasis of the tournament was to encourage all teams to foster an environment of fair play, inclusion and gender equality, rather than going out to win at all costs.
The champions of the main competition were the JFA Community Team, with Stonehage Fleming winning the plate competition.
Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation is a Jersey-based non-profit organisation, whose mission is dedicated to improving young lives in Africa on and off the field through football.
Working within one of the worst slum regions on the outskirts of Nairobi, the Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation in the past five years has achieved its mission in terms of improving and enhancing the lives of several hundred young men and women, boys and girls in the Nairobi slums. Most recently the Foundation has organised a successful youth tournament for U10 and U14 boys and girls, which was attended by Kenyan Premier League footballer Victor Wanyama, who earlier this year agreed to an ambassadorial role with Jersey 2 Africa.
Ricky Weir added:
“We are immensely appreciative and grateful to JIBS for organising and financially supporting this initiative, all the organisations who supported it, the players who participated and to the referees who volunteered. Particular thanks and appreciation also to the JFA and Bob Richardson for providing the balls and bibs, Lucy Even and Daniel Seviour for stepping in at late notice with a mixed team and to Jersey women player–manager Jodie Botterill for providing RBC with their mandatory female player.
All participants on the day appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the games were played with the good spirit, humour and sportsmanship we had hoped for when we began planning this initiative several months ago. We have been encouraged by all the positive feedback and in the New Year will begin discussing plans for a follow-up tournament, which hopefully can happen next summer.”