Edge Hill University is helping to tackle the growing problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa through the continent’s favourite sport.
The charity tournament will see eight teams battle it out over 12 hours of non-stop football action, with plenty of prizes and forfeits along the way to keep everyone motivated. Each team of eight will play approximately 18 games of 30-minute football, on a five games on, one game off basis.
The organisers are hoping the event will raise more than £3,000 for international charity Tackle Africa, which uses football as a way of engaging with, and educating, young Africans about sexual health, relationships and HIV. The Liverpool Marathon, hosted by Edge Hill, is one of five taking place across the country
Second year Sports Development student, Jack Newman, who is helping to organise the tournament, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Tackle Africa and to see how football is changing lives across the world. The money we raise will be used to fund training for coaches in Africa, as well as new sports equipment to help them spread the message about HIV/AIDS.
“Organising this event has allowed us to demonstrate the power of sport as a way of communicating with young people, especially in developing countries – it’s really brought our studies to life.”
The Football Marathon is the first charity event to make use of Edge Hill’s new 3G sports pitches, installed as part of the University’s £30 million investment in sports facilities for students and the community.
If you would like to support the ultimate football challenge and help Edge Hill reach its fundraising goal, simply text the amount you’d like to give to 70070.
The Tackle Africa Football Marathon 2014 takes place from 9am-9pm on Saturday 15th March at Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QP.
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