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BACA & PACA football teams raise 500 for TackleAfrica

BACA & PACA Football Tournament Raises £500 for TackleAfrica

On Friday 17 July, football teams in years 7, 8 and 9 from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) raised over £500 to support TackleAfrica.

TackleAfrica is a UK based charity that uses the power and popularity of football to deliver HIV education to young people on football pitches across Africa. They do this by training African coaches to use fun, interactive football drills with young people, and they have also taught BACA staff their effective methods.

Fifteen teams competed in the competitive six-a-side tournament and the students demonstrated excellent determination and teamwork throughout the day.  After two weeks of gathering sponsorship the team that raised the most money was BACA’s year 7 boys football team who raised £110.  Teams who came runners up with their fundraising efforts were BACA’s year 8 boys football team who raised £100 and another BACA year 8 boys football team raising £72.  The student who raised the most money was Tyrese Mthunzi, BACA year 8, who raised £40.

During the tournament each team was named after an African country and Togo (BACA year 8 boys football team) came out overall winners, with Egypt (BACA year 9 boys football team) the runners up.

Sophie Perry, Teacher of PE at BACA and lead organiser of the tournament, says “It is exciting watching teams from both schools putting so much into this tournament – not only on the pitch today, but also through their fundraising efforts over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to all of the teams for raising such a commendable amount for charity.