Football teams raise hundreds at Portsmouth tournament

ON THE BALL Players in the tournament
ON THE BALL Players in the tournament
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GOOD weather and a great atmosphere helped a football tournament raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

The five-a-side football tournament was held at Roko Health Club, Copnor Road, Copnor, in aid of national charity Mind.

Mind gives help and support to people who suffer from mental illnesses.

The tournament was set up and organised by Tom Gray, 27, who is also running in the London Marathon later on this month.

The physiotherapist from Knowle Village, Fareham, invited family, friends and colleagues from Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, to the tournament.

He also managed to get Portsmouth Football Club manager, Guy Whittingham, to referee the final.

Tom said: ‘It was a good day and the weather was perfect for it.

‘We had about 100 people turn up so it made for a great, competitive tournament.

‘Teams from Bolton, Birmingham and Cardiff all came down so there was some friendly banter which made for a great atmosphere.

‘All the teams watched each other and everyone gathered round for the final.

‘Some Pompey fans came down and they were excited to see Guy referee the final.’

The tournament was followed by a quiz with over £700 being raised.

This has contributed to Tom’s £2,000 target which he is now only £100 shy of.

The rest of the money has come through sponsors for the marathon which Tom is training hard for.

He said: ‘Now the football tournament has happened, I can now concentrate on my training.

‘I am feeling confident but also a little anxious because it is only a couple of weeks away.’

To make a donation to Tom, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ThomasGray1985