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Riverkeepers Raise More Than £1,500 For Fishing for Schools With Charity Football Match

Riverkeepers Raise More Than £1,500 For Fishing for Schools With Charity Football Match

Riverkeepers of the River Test and Itchen raised more than £1,500 for Fishing for Schools with a fundraising football match on Sunday 4th November.

The match, at River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester, was the brainchild of Itchen Riverkeeper Simeon Hay. It saw six keepers and friends square-up on behalf of each of the legendary chalk streams.

The target had been to raise £250 for Fishing for Schools with the event, but the support and generosity of friends and family has meant they surpassed that many times over.

Fishing for Schools director Charles Jardine, who dusted off his football boots after half a century for the match, said: “I would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who took part, both on the pitch and on the side lines. It was a fabulous day and I’m delighted to say that my team, the Itchen, prevailed, winning 11-5.

“It was a very hard-fought game, with everyone playing to their utmost. It was all going to be a bit of fun until the referee blew the whistle and then we were all in it to win!”

In fact play was so tough, Peter Farrow playing for the Test had to visit A&E with suspected ligament damage!

Simeon Hay added: “It was such a fun game and hilarious – a football pitch is hardly the natural playground for any of us, but they all put so much effort in.

“We plan to make it a regular thing, maybe invite more rivers along and make it a tournament in the future.”

If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here

Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF), the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides free, short angling courses for schools across the country, to aid the education of 10 to 16-year-olds who may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish when you get them outside onto the water. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017.

The 2018 winners… the River Itchen team.
The 2018 winners… the River Itchen team.
Organiser of the Riverkeepers football match Simeon Hay.
Organiser of the Riverkeepers football match Simeon Hay.
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