WORLD Cup fever has hit the Vale with growers set to take to the pitch in a bid to raise funds for two worthwhile causes.
Growers United FC football tournament, supported by Red Tractor Food Assurance, will see 32 teams battle it out in nine-aside matches at Evesham United’s Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium on the weekend on June 28 and 29.
The event is in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK and has been organised by Bal Padda, from Vicarage Nurseries, Bretforton, for the third year running.
The weekend also brings together the best of the fruit and vegetables the Vale is famed for producing, with trips around
Evesham farms available and Pershore College highlighting possible careers in the agricultural industry.
Bal, a Red Tractor Week strawberry grower, said: “In recent years our community has become truly international and this event is designed to not only raise funds for two wonderful causes, I believe it helps really bring us together and work together.
“Sport and food, what more could you wish for.
“So many organisations have helped us to promote the importance of our industry, such as Red Tractor, who my family are proud to be members of an help us produce quality assured fruit shoppers can trust.”
Farmers and producers will be joined in the 32-match tournament by other teams which include Wychavon District Council,
West Mercia Police, Pershore College and Evesham United Colts.
Georgina Park, of Red Tractor, added: “We were heart-warmed to hear Bal and so many other Red Tractor assured growers in the area are involved in such a great cause.
“Evesham Vale is famous for producing a wide range of quality fruit and vegetables under the Red Tractor mark, which are sold across the country but soon it will also be famous for producing quality charity football matches.”