Double-header as AFC Portchester FC holds charity match

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A COMMUNITY football club is holding a charity match to celebrate being given the Queen’s Award for voluntary service – the MBE for groups.

AFC Portchester will be fielding its veterans’ side against an army select 11 in aid of Help for Heroes.

Kick-off takes place at 2pm on Saturday, August 6 at Wicor Rec in Cranleigh Road, Portchester.

The game will be free to watch, but donations will be welcomed. There will be a party in the clubhouse afterwards.

Club member Gary Cripps said: ‘We’re putting on the game as part of our Queen’s Award celebrations.

‘We’ve got a chap who comes to the club from the army who wanted to do something for Help For Heroes and it’s grown from there.

‘It’s like a two-in-one event for us. We’re expecting a big turnout, as lots of people said they’ll be bringing their families down – it should be a good day.’

AFC Portchester was one of 130 groups nationwide to receive the award, and was nominated for supporting access to football for all ages and spearheading local charity fundraising activities.