Tournament is on the ball for The Rowans

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FOOTBALLERS hit their target of raising lots of money for charity.

Players and staff from Dunham Bush FC have managed to raise over £1,700 for The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook, with a five-a-side tournament and a presentation night.

The tournament was played at Warblington School, Havant, on May 26, with eight teams who played seven games each over three hours in the hot weather.

The match was followed by a presentation night at Havant & Waterlooville FC’s Westleigh Park on Sunday where dozens of top prizes were donated for the raffle.

Club secretary Tony Wilkins, who is also a player, organised the event with his partner Allison Adams.

The 49-year-old, from Havant, said: ‘We usually just turn up as a club, play 90 minutes of football then go home.

‘We felt we wanted to do something more together as a team and for the community.

‘The Rowans is one of the most popular charities in the area and everyone agreed it was a charity that we wanted to support.

‘My partner is a carer and one of her clients passed away at The Rowans last year. ‘

‘Our original target was £1,000 and we’ve already exceeded that and hope to raise up to £2,500.’

The club is holding another tournament in November which Mr Wilkins has promised will be even bigger.