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Steel Park plays host to youth and charity events

Steel Park plays host to youth and charity events

By James McCafferty
12th June
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Steel Park has been a hive of activity this last month and we review what has been happening at the home of Corby Town FC


Weetabix Youth Football League takes over Steel Park

Teams from all over the county were represented at Steel Park for the Weetabix Youth Football League finals on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

Over 300 players covering 22 teams across 6 age groups were cheered on passionately by their parents and supporters, creating a fantastic atmosphere for the youngsters to perform in front of. Over 1750 people attended across the two days.

We would like to thank the Weetabix Youth Football League for choosing Steel Park as the venue to host this fine festival of football and we would like to thank all the players, parents, supporters and coaches from all sides involved and look forward to hosting you next campaign.

Winners – Plate Finals
U11’s – FC Aztec Warriors
U12’s – Corby Kingswood Kestrals
U13’s – AFC Rushden & Diamonds Whites
U14’s – Vicarage Farm
U15’s – Kettering FC Red
U16’s – Corby Stewarts & Lloyds Tigers

Winners – Ken Burton Cup Finals
U12’s – Ise Lodge Kestrals
U13’s – Wellingborough Town
U14’s – Corby Stewarts & Lloyds
U15’s – Corby Kingswood Kestrals
U16’s – AFC Rushden & Diamonds Whites

Taste Original helps ‘Kick Off’ fundraising effort for local Academy

The staff at Corby’s Taste Original Foods have helped raise over £7,000 in cash, after organising and competing in the first annual Red Kite Cup football tournament. The tournament is a partnership between Taste Original and Steelfest to bring together local businesses to compete and raise funds for Corby’s Red Kite Academy, which caters for children with special needs. The funds raised are to go towards providing a much, needed minibus for the academy.

The tournament was held on Sunday 26th May at Steel Park, the home of Corby Town Football Club, who supported the event by providing match officials, first aiders and free use of the ground on the day. A total of 26 teams came together from businesses across the region to take part, including Echo Personnel, Steelman’s Sports Bar, Dyno Rod, Rigid Containers and Snap On.

Nigel Laing, Operations Manager at Taste Original, who organised the event said “Teams from businesses across the region, have been fantastic in donating their time and money to this fantastic cause. We’re working hard to reach our target of £15,000, at which point the National Lottery has pledged to top up our funds with £10,000 donation. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support on the day, as our fundraising is now off to a flying start, in fact were almost halfway to our fundraising target. We hope to have the children at Red Kite Academy in their new bus by Christmas.”

The Red Kite cup is the first in a series of events scheduled in under the ‘Project Red Kite’ banner and you can find out about upcoming events on the Project Red Kite Facebook Group.

Legends collide for The Royal British Legion

Saturday the first of June 2019 saw the British Legion Legends square off with a Steelmen vets side at Corby Town for the 70th year of Corby Town and the 75th anniversary of D-Day and what a day it was. The sun was shining, and we had our very own D-Day veteran and life lifelong British Legion member Jim Wigfield (95) supporting what was a fine game of football!

The British Legions secret weapon Alex O'Neil (Leicester City Ladies) came off the bench and scored what proved to be a consolation goal for the Legion, with the Steelmen vets coming out on top by 3 goals to 1! Fun was and awareness was the main aim of the day and this was achieved! Charlie McQuarrie (61) the Legions oldest player, received man of the match. We would like to thank all that came to the day, supported both the football club and the Royal British Legion and we look forward to doing it all over again soon!

We would like to thank Robert Windle, Craig Mckirdy and Terence Driver for the photographs.

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