The match will see the winners of two of this year’s OFA County Cups play for the newly reinstated Benevolent Cup which, up until 2003, formed part of Oxford United’s pre-season campaign.
Oxford City Development Team and Adderbury Park, winners of the OFA Intermediate and OFA Charity Cups respectively, have each been specially invited to take part in the Cup match to help raise money for the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
The event will also mark the start of an official partnership between Oxfordshire FA and the Oxford Children’s Hospital for the 2017/18 season, with the local Charity becoming the County Football Association’s first ever Charity of the Year.
Steph Clark, Marketing and Communications Officer at Oxfordshire FA, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be supporting the Oxford Children’s Hospital during the course of our work throughout the current season.
“As an organisation committed to supporting the thousands of volunteers, football players, teams, clubs and leagues across the county participating in grassroots football week-in, week-out we understand and value the importance of our local communities and so, to be able to support a Charity who are firmly embedded at the very heart of the community in Oxfordshire, is a fantastic honour – we can’t wait to get started.”
Event: Benevolent Cup
Teams: Oxford City Development Team vs Adderbury Park
Date: Friday 4th August 2017
Time: KO 7.45pm (Gates open from 6.00pm)
Venue: Oxford City FC, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane
Ticket prices are as follows::
Children under 16: FREE
To celebrate the partnership, all proceeds made on the night will be donated to the Charity; helping to raise much-needed funds for young patients receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford.
Eleanor Jones, Head of Fundraising at ORH Charitable Funds, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the Charity of the Year by the Oxfordshire FA and can’t wait to launch our partnership at the Benevolent Cup on the 4th August.
“With so many of our young patients and their families, as well as our incredible staff, sharing a love of the beautiful game we are looking forward to working with all the clubs, players, fans, volunteers, staff and directors at the Oxfordshire FA over the next twelve months to raise much-needed funds for the Oxford Children’s Hospital.”
The charity football match is being held at Oxford City FC who have very kindly donated the use of their facilities for the evening; helping us to ensure as much money as possible can go to the children’s charity.
To help us kick-start the evening the Oxford City and Summertown Stars Under 9 teams will take part in a pre-game match which will kick-off at 6.30pm before Oxford City and Adderbury Park compete for the County FA Benevolent Cup.