The country’s biggest charity football tournament, Football Marathon, is coming to Manchester. On the 30th of June 32 teams will play for an astonishing 12 hours at Salford Sports Village to raise over £50,000 for HIV/AIDS education in Africa. The organisers, charity TackleAfrica, have chosen Manchester to be the first city outside London to host this event and are now looking for teams of eight to take part.
TackleAfrica use football coaching to educate young Africans about HIV and AIDS so football is more than just a way to raise money, it’s a way to save lives. In 2011 teams raised £140,000, playing 788 games of football in a single day. Last year this money helped TackleAfrica to reach over 20,000 young people in 6 countries.
TackleAfrica CEO Charlie Gamble said ‘Manchester is a football mad city; it’s the perfect place to hold a Football Marathon and places are already going fast. Teams have until the 25th of May to sign up’
‘We hope this is just the beginning for the Football Marathon at Salford Sports Village, next year I want to make it biggest charity football event in the UK.’
The Marathon is being organised by local men Jamie Weatherhead and Will Longhill. They were inspired to set it up after volunteering for TackleAfrica in February this year. Will said: ‘In Kenya it was obvious that the work TackleAfrica do really works. Children love football and coaching is an amazing way to teach them about HIV. When I came back home I wanted to do more and immediately thought that the people of Manchester could help’
If you think you have seven friends who would like to take on this challenge and raise money for a very worthwhile cause you can sign up at www.tackleafrica.org.