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Plea for players for 'Dads' World Cup'

PUBLISHED: 18:09 31 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 06 July 2010

THE organisers of a community football tournament have had a surge of support for the event, but need more players to sign up.

Many men have already registered to play in teams for the Dads' World Cup event in Lowestoft on Saturday, June 19, but the organisers, at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, still have places left for the tournament.

THE organisers of a community football tournament have had a surge of support for the event, but need more players to sign up.

Many men have already registered to play in teams for the Dads' World Cup event in Lowestoft on Saturday, June 19, but the organisers, at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, still have places left for the tournament.

The event is being run as part of a free family fun day at Kirkley Community High School in Kirkley Run.

Tracey Read, health promotion practitioner for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “We've had a brilliant response with teams of dads - and their friends, sons, brothers - signing up. We have teams from the South Lowestoft Fire Service, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and children's centres but there's still room for more.

“Being active is one way to really improve your health.

“Team can be made up of all ages and abilities and no one has to be a great football player.”

The gates open at 11am and entry is free for teams and families coming to support the event.

Teams registering for the event need to arrive at 10.30am.

Miss Read added: “It's not just football. There will be loads of activities for all the family to get involved with - dance classes, aerobics, martial arts tasters as well as a bouncy castle. There'll even be a children's entertainer - all for free.”

The winning team will be awarded with a trophy and free drinks and fruit will be given out to all visitors by Tesco Beccles, who are one of the organisations supporting the event.

Miss Read added: “We've had brilliant support for the event from Lowestoft College, Tesco Beccles and South Lowestoft's Children's Centres. And we've just heard that the Big Lottery Fund is going to support it too.

“It ties in with Men's Health Week the World Cup and even Father's Day. What a great way to celebrate all three.”

Teams can register by calling Tracey Read on 01502 719527 or emailing traceyread@nhs.net

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