GM Police make ‘premiership league’ for Retrak
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have pulled off a premiership coup, to fundraise for Retrak’s street children’s work, staging a whopping 15 charity football matches at rival clubs Manchester City and Manchester United.
The final saw GMP, Capita, Risual, Crown Environmental, EY battling it out at the Old Trafford ‘theatre of dreams’ with an incredible £20,000 raised for Retrak. Referee Chris Foy and World Cup referee Howard Webb offered their time to officiate the final adding a ‘premiership league’ atmosphere to the day.
Preliminary matches with six teams took place at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium and sponsors including 02, Tesco in Stretford and the players’ companies all offered their time for free. O2 provided the impressive trophy cup which went to undefeated Crown Environmental as worthy 2 – 0 winners.
Ian Hopkins of GMP said: “This year’s tournament allowed the players to realise their dream of playing on pitches where so many great footballing moments have taken place.” Ian added that players wanted to see street children realise their dreams of something better. We think GMP and all involved have done a stirling job in reaching such heights with this fundraiser. It is a fitting tribute as Retrak’s work on the streets began with a simple game of football in Africa more than 20 years ago.
We say a big stadium-sized thank you to GMP and all those involved in this great show of unity. With supporters such as GMP and others, Retrak can help more street children realise their dream to get back to safe homes and families.