Caldicott takes part in Eton Colleges inaugural 7-a-side football tournament in aid of Ace Africa

03 December 2019

 

Caldicott was thrilled to be invited to take part in Eton College’s inaugural prep schools 7-a-side charity football tournament on Sunday 1 December. Despite the bitter winter weather, the boys had a fantastic time and were enthusiastically cheered on by their parents and supporters.  

In 2014 three Eton schoolboys (Tom Pearson, Alastair Lyon and Nicholas Zafiriou) travelled to Tanzania with their sports master (Glen Pierce) to set up the first ever ‘Ace Africa Football League’. Caldicott supported this initiative by running a 5-a-side football tournament and raising £5000. Ma'am Duncan also made a trip out to Tanzania and was able to see the football league in action. Five years later 2,518 children from 73 schools in rural Tanzania have taken part. School attendance, self-confidence and well-being have all improved dramatically - and the project has been commended by the Tanzanian government for improving, specifically, girl’s engagement in sport.

To fund the league in 2020 Tom, Alastair and Nicholas invited teams from top prep schools across the country to participate in the tournament. All monies raised from the event will go towards funding 10 Tanzanian schools to take part in their very own league, benefiting 400 vulnerable girls and boys across the region.

Caldicott’s two teams enjoyed playing some of their first football of the season and really got into the spirit of the whole day. One team was relieved when Old Caldicotian Hector KS, who is now at Eton, stepped in for one of the players after a last-minute injury.

The boys and their families raised a fantastic £1215 for Ace Africa and the school is grateful and proud of their efforts. A huge thank you must also go to their coaches Mr Blagden and Mr Irvine.

 

Caldicott takes part in Eton Colleges inaugural 7-a-side football tournament in aid of Ace Africa

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