29 Oct 2015
The Tommy McLafferty Cup 2015
Named after Tommy McLafferty, a former Celtic player and member of the homeless community who died in 2009, the tournament is staged annually to help the homeless in Cambridge.
This year's edition saw the Tommy McLafferty Cup played at the Abbey Leisure Complex. Sponsored by the Cambridge South Rotary Club and organised jointly with Wintercomfort and Cambridge Link-Up, the cup saw 5-a-side teams from homeless agencies around the city compete in a football tournament.
The eight teams represented Jimmy's Nightshelter, Emmaus, Wintercomfort, Winston House, YMCA, Riverside, Corinthians and the Cambridgeshire Police. Jimmy's and Corinthians emerged as the respective group winners, and went on to meet in the final to decide who would be lifting the cup in 2015.
In a very closely contested match, Corinthians beat Jimmy's on penalties to take the trophy, while Winston House narrowly took third place by beating Wintercomfort, also on penalties. All the games were very competitive and played in true sporting spirit.
Alan Franklin, President of the Rotary Club of Cambridge South, presented the trophies and medals for the afternoon. As well as the team awards, there was recognition for the Players of the Tournament: Mihai Gilceava of Jimmy's and Clare Jolly of the Police; and the Brian Turner Goalkeeper of the Tournament: John Hunter of YMCA. These individual awards were decided by Emma Hyde, Chair of Cambridge Link-Up.
Mike Smith, of the Rotary Club of Cambridge South, said: "It is very clear that most of us are only a pay cheque and a personal crisis away from becoming homeless. It is a pleasure to work with the homeless organisations to arrange this tournament and see the fun and improved self-esteem from playing in, or indeed even watching, the event."
Meanwhile, Emma Hyde added: "Every year, spectators, players and organisers alike leave this event with a huge smile on their face and a massive sense of achievement."
In addition to the teams and organisers, thanks goes to Food 4 Food for supplying a delicious barbecue, the City Council Sports Development Department for providing the venue, and the David Ball Group for providing additional sponsorship.
If you would be interested in supporting this event in 2016, please contact Cambridge United Community Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
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