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Essex FA events raise money for Bobby Moore Fund

PUBLISHED: 10:54 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:54 11 August 2017

Dagenham United won a tournament at an Essex FA Community Football Day (pic @DagenhamUtd21)

Dagenham United won a tournament at an Essex FA Community Football Day (pic @DagenhamUtd21)

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Collier Row YFC host Community Football Day

Football boots were donated at an Essex FA Community Football Day (pic @Boots2Africa)Football boots were donated at an Essex FA Community Football Day (pic @Boots2Africa)

Over 1,300 players enjoyed two Essex FA Community Football Days in Collier Row and Maldon, with £950 also raised for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK during a Walking Football Tournament and raffle.

Two events were organised, as opposed to the usual one, to ensure the whole of Essex had the opportunity to be involved, with one at the Forest Row Centre in Collier Row, Romford, with another at Plume High School in Maldon.

The focus of the occasion was changed for five to 11-year-olds to incorporate specific elements which supported their development.

Football for adult male and adult female players was also offered, plus the Walking Football Tournament, showcasing the majority of the provisions which take place in Essex.

Across the two venues, new under-sevens players had the chance to experience the game and there were sessions to smooth the transition from 7v7 to 9v9 and 9v9 to 11v11 football.

A 9v9 girls’ event took place, as did Soccability football for youth and adult players and FA Coach Mentors were utilised to answer coaches’ questions around the transitional age groups, such as how to arrange practical sessions to incorporate offside.

Boots2Africa collected over 100 pairs of boots in total, and Development Officer, Sean Harris, was delighted with the events.

He said: “Massive thanks go to Collier Row YFC, our FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year, Plume High School, our Young Leaders and referees, all of whom helped to play a part in the success of these events.

“Many of the Young Leaders came from Eastbury School in Barking, and we’re very grateful, plus that gratuity also extends to the local authorities and Skippers Ground Maintenance.”

To find out more about grassroots football opportunities in Essex, visit essexfa.com. Information is also shared on Twitter @EssexCountyFA or by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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