The appropriately-named Raheem Sterling was once again the man to help Irish football cash in as he scored for England against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.
Why? Well, it’s all part of our #SaveOurGame campaign which means Irish grassroots footy will gain €10,000 every single time England score in the Euros with a €100,000 minimum kitty already guaranteed and partly distributed.
And now we can reveal that a pitch being used as a helipad by a local hospital, and a team who watched their clubhouse burn down over the May Bank Holiday weekend are among the latest clubs set to benefit from the #SaveOurGame campaign.
We’ve had hundreds of applications via firstname.lastname@example.org since opening the floodgates in our appeal to help Irish football. They span from the sublime to the ridiculous, and at times the downright depressing.
Earlier this week we revealed the first batch of Irish soccer clubs to receive donations and now we shine a light on the stories of two further clubs, Brideview United AFC in Waterford, and Celtic Park AFC in North Dublin who will benefit from Paddy Power’s #SAVEOURGAME campaign.
Brideview saw part of their clubhouse reduced to ashes due to an electrical fault in May. The members of the West Waterford East Cork League celebrate their 50th birthday next year, and we’ve decided to dish out an early birthday present.
Meanwhile players from Celtic Park FC have to contend with injuries sustained due to their pitch being used for helicopter landings.
They’ve sustained seven leg injuries in a matter of weeks due to a compromised pitch surface, with choppers landing on their ground in emergencies for nearby Beaumount Hospital – meaning chunks are regularly taken out of its surface. Games have even been stopped halfway through to allow the helicopters to land.
Here’s hoping our chunk of cash can help keep the lads out of the hospital – and the turf safe to land on.
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