Lynwood United Football Club charity tournament a big success

LYNWOOD United Football Club held their first junior four-a-side charity event last Friday, with more than 120 players from Under-6 to Under-15s playing in competitions at Hossack Reserve.

The event raised money for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation.

The Under-7s division was won by Perth Glory, Under-9s by Team Awesome, Under-11s by Superstars and Under-15s by The Elders, with the Superstars named overall winners and becoming the first to hold the Junior Charity Shield.

Committee member Tony Campbell praised the community for getting behind the event, which raised more than $1200 for the charities.

“We thought it would be a great way to start the new soccer season… by getting all our kids down and having a bit of a fun and at the same time raise some money for a good cause,” he said.

“We asked the players to dip into their piggie banks and ended up raising over $1200 on the night which was absolutely brilliant.”

Mr Campbell said despite Lynwood’s standing as a smaller club, the community mindedness was enviable in the region.

“(We) have worked hard to be a real community club in the past (few) years,” he said.

“We believe it’s important to get young players into the game and develop their skills but believe it’s even more important to give them that sense of community and belonging and events like Friday’s really bring that message home.

“There is no doubt that this will be an annual event,” he said.

The 2016 season starts in three weeks.