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Charity fives at Norton

PUBLISHED: 10:11 31 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:05 01 August 2010

AFC Norton, of the Frames and Conservatories Direct Bury and District Sunday Football League, are hosting a charity five-a-side tournament on Sunday May 24 at Norton Village Hall.

AFC Norton, of the Frames and Conservatories Direct Bury and District Sunday Football League, are hosting a charity five-a-side tournament on Sunday May 24 at Norton Village Hall.

Sixteen local sides will pit their footballing skills in the second annual competition.

As well as football action there will be activities such as a penalty shoot out, competitions and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Last year AFC Norton raised £723 for Marie Curie Cancer care and hope to do the same this year.

AFC manager and organiser, Paul Flanagan, said: “We decided to organise the event rather than doing the traditional Sunday football end-of-season presentation in the pub.

“We decided that we'd like to end our season this year with something a little more exciting and thus came up with a one day senior five-a-side event.

“I had come across Marie Curie when entering their annual Predator Cup fishing competition and feel they do an irreplaceable job and when I put that to the rest of the team it was a unanimous decision to donate proceeds from this year's event to this great cause.”

He added: “It has taken a lot of hard work but thankfully the pieces are falling into place and we look pretty much ready for the big day.

“We have had a lot of kind offers of prizes and donations, which have helped us, and the willing generosity of many local companies has made the job as easy as possible.

“We still have a lot of administration to do on the day and organisation to make this run as smoothly as possible but I am really looking forward to the event and hope that we will see some great football and everybody present will have a great and rewarding day.”

The tournament kicks off at 10am.

AFC Norton hope to raise in excess of £750 from this activity in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor or donate a raffle prize contact Paul Flanagan or visit www.freewebs.com/afcnorton

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