Tournaments raise charity cash

Air Menzies, the winners of the FirmBalls five-a-side
Air Menzies, the winners of the FirmBalls five-a-side

A pair of small-sided football tournaments raised money for two sporting charities.

A pair of small-sided football tournaments raised money for two sporting charities.

Both took place at Falmer University, with the first, organisers by local business FirmBalls, supporting Active Sussex.

FirmBalls is a football league exclusively for businesses but teamed up with Active Sussex for the 16-team mixed charity tournament.

After two hours of group games and knock-out stages, the competition was won by the team from Air Menzies, who beat Palmer and Harveys in the final.

Sam Thomas, FirmBalls director, said: “We were delighted to team up with Active Sussex. With FirmBalls being exclusively for businesses and professionals we actively encourage business participation in sport to increase wellbeing and fitness in the workplace. Therefore, the synergy with Active Sussex was a perfect partnership and we were very keen to support such a great initiative.”

The second tournament was organised by Brighton and Hove Albion fans’ group the South West Corner and was generating funds for a new giant flag for Brighton fans and

the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund, a charity which supports footballing projects for underprivileged youngsters across the world.

The tournament, dubbed the Falmer Cup, raised £550 and was won by Albion supporter-run website WeAreBrighton.com, who beat North West Sussex Seagulls in the final.