23rd Oct, 2016

Growers FC score another stars match

Aaron Wise 17th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FAMOUS footballers from the past and soap stars will take to the pitch in the Vale for a special charity match at Evesham United FC.

Growers United FC, an Evesham project which brings the horticultural community together through football, is holding a tournament tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (July 19) at Evesham United’s Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, where they will take on the Soap Stars XI.

Fresh from the success of their recent match against Liverpool FC Legends, which took place in front of a record crowd of 1,800 people, the Vale team will now tackle actors from series such as Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road.

The weekend will see 32 teams compete against each other including Sandfields Farm, Evesham Vale Growers, Vale Fresco, Walsh Mushrooms and Vicarage Nurseries.

Bal Padda of Vicarage Nurseries, who co-founded Growers United FC, said: “This event is all about bringing communities together to enjoy sport, whilst at the same time raising money for charity.

“We’ve already had one really successful football weekend thanks mainly to the appearance of a fantastic Liverpool FC All Stars team featuring the likes of Alan Kennedy, Paul Walsh, John Wark, Mark Wright, Phil Neal and Michael Thomas, where we raised more than £5,000.

“Massive thanks to Pershore College, where vital skills are taught to new generations of horticulturists and agriculturalists, with the college keen to establish ever closer links with Vale growers to benefit the local economy by injecting it with important new skills.”

Chris Brooks, regeneration manager at Wychavon District Council, said: “Growers United is a great scheme, with the FC meaning ‘For Community’ and ‘For Charity’.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament as it will once again highlight Evesham’s businesses and workforce, raising money for good causes in the process.”

Kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday (July 19) and tickets cost £2 per person, with funds raised going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

Call Vicarage Nurseries on 01386 833753, or e-mail office@vicaragenurseries.co.uk for more information.