England may have gone out of the World Cup before playing their final group match, but footballers here in Oxford did us proud over the weekend, raising money for the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind.
Andrew Smith MP enjoyed cheering on a 6-a-side tournament organised mainly by members of the local Pakistani community, all 32 teams named after a national team currently competing in the World Cup. Held at St Gregory the Great School in aid of blind or partially sighted children and adults throughout the county, the tournament organisers hope to raise more than £2,000. As well as teams from Oxford, Banbury, Swindon and other places were represented.
Andrew said, "Everybody at the tournament revelled in the sunshine, the BBQ, and a fantastic event, run for a very good cause. Well done in particular to 'Team Cameroon' - from Oxford - on winning the cup with style."
Andrew continued, "Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) does great work to enhance the lives of Oxfordshire's blind and partially-sighted people. I was pleased to present the trophies to the finalists and winning team for the third year in a row. This tournament goes from strength to strength, is now well established as an annual event, and I look forward to next year's again raising money for brilliant local causes."