Varsity funding helps local charity join football league
15 December 2016
This year's Varsity series has raised over £5000 for chosen charity 1625ip! Part of the funding has gone towards our young people's football team joining a local league.
The Varsity Series between Bristol's two universities is one of the biggest multi-sporting events in the South West. For the second year running, 1625 Independent People (1625ip) were the chosen charity voted for by students from both Bristol University and the University of the West of England (UWE). Funds were raised by both the Students' Union at UWE and Bristol University Students' Union from ticket sales for Varsity matches and bucket collections carried out by UWE RAG volunteers at Varsity events, adding up to an amazing £5064.92. The money will go towards 1625ip's work with young people who have been faced with homelessness, providing them with the support and opportunities they need to reboot their lives.
As well as benefiting from the funds raised throughout the series, some of the young people from 1625ip took part in a pre-Varsity futsal competition with student teams and were also invited to attend Varsity matches as an opportunity to engage with university life first-hand. For the Independent People Football Club (IPFC) the futsal tournament provided a chance to put their skills and teamwork to the test in a welcoming community environment.
IPFC is run in partnership with the University of Bristol sports department, with students volunteering as facilitators. The team, who already meet regularly once a week, have now been able to join a Monday night league using Varsity funding. Joining the league has helped to really make these young people feel part of the local community, meeting new people in and outside of the team.
Robbie Fox, Sport Development Officer at Sport, Exercise & Health says of 1625ip:
"Independent People are a fantastic local charity that offers amazing support to a special group of people who want to get back on their feet. Sport can act as a real catalyst for them to do so and our student volunteers can play a big part in making this happen."