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Woking children's football club holds charity fundraiser in response to COVID-19

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Woking children's football club holds charity fundraiser in response to COVID-19

Published by Laura Scardarella at 2:54pm 18th June 2020. (Updated at 3:26pm 18th June 2020)

A Woking children's football club has raised £29,000 during lockdown, by getting members to take part in a goal scoring competition at home.

Goldsworth Park Rangers hosted a 'Together for Charity' fundraiser earlier this month after their annual tournament was cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The football club, which has more than 600 boys and girls, set their 50 teams a challenge to score 2020 goals in their back gardens on the 6 and 7 June, split between the players in each team.

Some people also took on individually-sponsored challenges, such Woking FC's manager, Alan Dowson, who ran 14 miles around Goldsworth Lake.

Half of the money raised went to support the football club whilst the other half was split between two charities, Halo Children's Foundation and Shooting Star Children's Hospice.

Club chairman Lee Swain, said the charities ar close to their hearts - having supported members in recent years:

"It was great to see the photos and videos of the kids enjoying their weekend and grateful for the sponsorship raised.

"Over the weekend we saw a variety of challenges, including one player who wore 140 items of clothing, weighing more than 11kg, to start his challenge and took off one item of clothing each time he scored a penalty.

"Other challenges saw blindfolded penalties, one team that joined together and did their penalties as a group zoom call and a variety of other kids dressing up, or being inventive with their use of goalkeeper and goals.

"We are so thankful to all of our players, their families and all our volunteers that got behind the challenge."


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