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England Legacy World Cup 1966 – Events in Cornwall

Dave Deacon

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Fifty years on from England’s proudest football moment when skipper Bobby Moore lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy, The FA has announced a series of events and activities to mark the anniversary – and the achievement of the players who won the World Cup.

As the custodians of the game in this country, it’s vital The FA use the power of the anniversary as a platform to communicate The FA’s current activities and future plans. We all want to repeat the high of 1966 – across the men’s and women’s games.

To ensure the anniversary has a future legacy, The FA will also be making 66 awards of £1,966 to community projects at football grassroots level. These awards will primarily be made via County FAs to give the legacy national reach. They will start to be made as the summer unfolds.

In Cornwall that award is being split across eight grassroots clubs whom are all running different events to show how strong football is in the County and it highlights that the sense of community and spirit is very much alive and well. The money will go towards supporting the club and contributing towards kit and improvements to grounds/clubhouses.

Each club will be presented with a cheque and commemorative plaque to show that 50 years on the game at grassroots level is in safe hands.
The first event is on 9th July at St Mawgan and the final events is at St Dennis on 31st July, in between those dates there will be celebrations taking place at Mousehole FC , St Agnes, St Day, Newquay, Bodmin Town and Wendron United. 

Below is a full list of dates and venues and outline of the event, if you can get along to any of the events then please do, especially as some of them are charity events for some very worthwhile causes.

Saturday 9th July 2016 – St Mawgan FC 
St Mawgan will be hosting two mini soccer tournaments, U8 at 10am and U10 at 2pm and at the same time the dads of those teams will be playing in their own adult small sided competition, all with an England 1966 theme. There will also be fun challenges throughout the day including a keepy uppy competition, the cross bar challenge and re-creating Geoff Hurst’s famous goal, we are not sure yet if a Russian Linesman will be present as a judge. St Mawgan will be asking for small donations for these and all money raised will go towards The Help Izzy Walk Campaign, which is a wonderful charity https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helpizzywalk

Saturday 16th July – Newquay AFC 
At Newquay AFC the mini soccer development centre will be having a themed World Cup 1966 day, the bunting will be out and the club will be replaying the final in the clubhouse on the TV and evoking the spirit of 1966. They have promised sweets and Bratwurst as well. The afternoon will see the final re-created as Germany (Newquay U16’s) take on England (Newquay Youth Coaches). So go along and see if Newquay Coaches can emulate the England team 50 years on at Mount Wise. 

Sunday 17th July – Wendron United FC 
A celebration of youth football will take place on 17th July as Wendron host the Sharon Woods tournament. This event is held annually in July to raise funds for Cancer Research and to support the development of youth football in the community. It is dedicated to Sharon Wood who gave much of her time helping the club succeed in where it is today. The tournament is always a great success. Each year it surpasses the expectations of the previous. Approximately 100 teams participate in over 220 matches on 14 pitches. Over 1000 youngsters/ladies take part trying to win one of the 120 trophies and every square inch of the Wendron site is utilised. A true example of what football and legacy is all about.

Friday 22nd July - St Day FC
St Day FC is hosting a football themed quiz night at their club to celebrate the 1966 victory. If you think your football knowledge is of a high standard then get yourselves down to Vogue Park and put your knowledge to the test. It is always good to do something a little different and ahead of a new season it will be great to spend an evening chatting football, getting excited for the new season and raising some money for charity. There may even be a team from Cornwall FA to test your knowledge against, let’s see if the County FA are a clever as they think they are. 
Saturday 23rd July – Bodmin Town FC
In 2014 Bodmin Town were the national Charter Standard Club of the year and to show how strong they are the club will be hosting a youth match ahead of their pre-season friendly match against Bristol Manor Farm. The Bodmin U14 will be taking on Marine Academy Plymouth U14 at 11am before the first team kick off later that day. 

Saturday 23rd July – Mousehole AFC
In the West of the County Mousehole AFC are hosting a day which is very much a get into football event and fun day. The fun day will be for 6-12 year olds and there is still time to register should you wish to participate, although you can turn up on the day. Registration is at 10am and the morning will consist of fun games and competitions such as football dribbling, obstacle races, treasure hunts and much more besides. The afternoon will see the youngsters split into teams and play in a small sided fun football tournament; this is all about participation and enjoyment for boys and girls so get yourself along to Mousehole AFC. More details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/1040701316014527/ https://www.facebook.com/events/320857591579810/

Wednesday 27th July - St Agnes AFC
St Agnes FC is hosting a female football event and raffle with all money raised on the evening will be going to the Bobby Moore Fund. There will be 3 fixtures (2 girls and ladies) each played with teams in shirts with England and German badges replicating the playing kits of the 1966 match. National Anthems will be played with the help of St Agnes Silver Band who are supporting the occasion.
Comment from Mandy Kimmins as Club Chair, "St Agnes AFC girls and ladies are really excited to be taking part in this event celebrating the 1966 victory. The players will be wearing team kits with German and England badges and recreating the occasion with flags and National Anthems.
The matches kick off at 5:30pm and it would great to get as many people down to St Agnes as possible to support this great event.

Sunday 31st July – St Dennis AFC
Our final event will be at Boscawen Park and is a charity football match for Marshall Janson. Marshall is an 8-year-old boy from Perranporth that unfortunately had his legs and hands amputated when he was a baby due to meningitis and has since won-over the hearts of the nation.
Marshall is a massive Tottenham Hotspur fan and became a recent internet sensation when a video of Marshall being invited onto the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur's ground at half-time for a kick-about with some of the Spurs' substitutes went viral with thousands viewing. 
He followed this up a few days later with a visit to Spurs' training ground when he trained with his favourite player, Harry Kane, the England star.
To build on this and to support Marshall's Handstand Appeal a local game and fun day has been arranged for Sunday 31 July 2016.
The event will commence at midday, with the 'Match of the Day' - Marshall's Hotspurs vs Marshall's Mates, kicking off at 1.15pm as Marshall gets his wish to play in a 'proper' match.
The main aim of the family fun day is to give Marshall a real match day experience in a proper football ground, with as large a crowd as possible and we are setting the admission prices at a modest £2 for adults, £1 for teenagers while junior school-age children will be admitted free of charge. 
As stated all money raised is going to Marshall's Handstand Appeal. A cup and medals will be presented to all those participating with a celebrity Iined-up to present the awards.
We'd like as many of those attending to get into the spirit of the game by wearing their replica football shirts of their own team, even if that happens to be Arsenal!
There will be refreshments available and the club's recently refurbished bar will be open throughout, with a bouncy castle and other stalls on site. 
The legacy money which Cornwall FA have awarded St Dennis is in turn being donated to Marshall and is a fantastic gesture by the club and really sums up everything that football, spirit and 1966 legacy is all about. 

Cornwall FA would like to thank all our clubs for their hard work and dedication and we hope to see as many people at the events as possible 

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