Charity football match and raffle raise £300 for Tackle Africa

Former youth football coaches Gary Dudman (Finance) and Eric de Greef (Business and Law) brought their respective Meon Milton teams back together for a reunion match to raise money for Tackle Africa.

The two teams traveled together to Utrecht in the Netherlands four years ago to play a tournament as under 13 and under 14 teams and watch an international match.

The game was played at Meon Milton’s home ground in Eastney, and was followed by a raffle. Local businesses had donated prizes, and the University contributed with a Pompey football and shirt signed by the 2017-18 squad. The match and raffle raised a combined £300.27 towards Tackle Africa.

Tackle Africa is a charity that works with football coaches in eight African countries and aims to improve knowledge and awareness about HIV and sexual health through football, targeting boys and girls.

Training games and drills are adapted to include messages, such as the use of condoms, HIV testing and counselling and female genital mutilation. Last September Eric went to Blantyre, Malawi, to volunteer for two weeks and help train a group of 15-20 coaches on Tackle Africa games. There are possible opportunities for students and staff to do the same.

Eric is taking part in the Brighton Football Marathon (a 12 hour tournament during which 32 teams play for 8-9 hours, regardless their results) to raise more money for Tackle Africa. Donations via Just Giving.

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