Thursday 22 February 2024
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Keyworth United FC partner with The Friary for charity fun day

Exciting times at Keyworth United Community Football Club as girls’ football continues to go from strength to strength.

There is a thriving Wild Cats group at the club where girls between the age of 4-11 can give football a go in a safe and fun environment.

Because of the success of the Wildcats the club now have 12 girls teams ranging from under 8 to under 16 taking part in organised football every Sunday.

The club believe that instilling a community spirit should be a key part of the development of their young players.

To help with this Keyworth United worked with their partners the Friary to host a charity family fun day as part of the celebrations to open their fabulous new 3G playing facility. 

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The day involved FA led coaching for young girl players from clubs across Nottingham, bouncy castles and a BBQ. The main event was the inaugural Friary Cup, a football tournament for the over 35s. This was a great success and plans are in place to make it an annual event!

Players from the Under 11s girls’ team did a fantastic job of fundraising on the day. Mark Ritchie, Football Development Officer at Keyworth United and manager of the Under 11 team said: ‘It was amazing to see our players interacting so well with people, they did an amazing job of raising money by selling raffle tickets and cakes and by running fun football games.”

The club feel privileged to be able to support the Friary, a fantastic charity that are working locally to end homelessness and they raised an amazing £2,000 on the day.

This was matched by WR Barnett, the employer of one of the coaches in the girls’ section making a fantastic total of £4,000.

The Friary is delighted to receive this huge boost of £4K at a time when so much of the usual fundraising has not been possible.

A football tournament played outside was exactly the right setting for people to offer support for our charity in a safe way.

These funds will go a long way to support at the recently opened Friary Advice Centre on Musters Road, where we will be focusing our attention to help prevent homelessness.”  says Ben Talbot, Chief Exec for the Friary. 


Mark and his team visited the Friary to deliver the cheque and show their support.

If you wish to support this local charity, the Friary working locally to end homelessness,  please visit:


Keyworth United are looking for girls to join their Wildcats group, if you are interested please get in touch with Mark Ritchie on 07859 002 466


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