Taking to the turf to help victims of Japanese tsunami

William Chan arranged a football tournament at the Goodwin Sports centre to raise money for the Sichuan Earthquake Appeal. Teams came from all over the country including Yorkshire and Lancashire
William Chan arranged a football tournament at the Goodwin Sports centre to raise money for the Sichuan Earthquake Appeal. Teams came from all over the country including Yorkshire and Lancashire
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LOCAL football teams from across the north came together for a soccer tournament organised to raise money for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The event at Goodwin Sports Centre on Northumberland Road in Broomhill, Sheffield, welcomed 12 clubs from South Yorkshire as well as from Leeds and Manchester.

It was the second such event organised by William Chan who, in 2008, raised money for the victims of the Chinese earthquake with a football tournament.

The seven-a-side teams each paid £50 to take part, and there was also a raffle on the day featuring prizes donated by local businesses.

In total William said he was delighted to have raised £1,600.

The winning club took home a team trophy and a bottle of champagne, with all members also receiving a medal for taking part.

William, aged 28, from Gleadless, said he was proud to have raised lots of cash for the victims of the disaster which struck last month.

The furniture retailer, who took part himself, playing for the Sheffield Prowlers, said: “I wanted to do something to try to help as much as possible, because we are so fortunate in this country that things like this do not happen here.

“I also want to show people that by organising events like this, they really can make a difference.”