THE BROMSGROVE and District League host their official Charity Shield curtain raiser this weekend ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
On Sunday at South Bromsgrove High School’s 3G pitch (3pm KO), Thomas Brothers (Premier Division winners) and Northfield Athletic (WA Harris Cup winners) will face off against each other with all proceeds going to Libby Mae’s Little Angels who raise money to fund medical equipment for babies in neo-natal units.
With the now defunct VBG Fairfield dominating both competitions in recent campaigns, this is the first time in four years the Bromsgrove League have been able to host the Charity Shield with South Bromsgrove High School waiving the pitch fee to allow as much money as possible to be raised for Libby Mae’s.
Bromsgrove League secretary Simon Burgess added: “Our Charity Shield is an innovative idea which started many years ago but due to VBG Fairfield’s recent dominance, we’ve not been able to host the match and the competition stopped.
“With new Premier Division champions and new WA Harris Cup winners last season as well as the availability of the superb new facilities at South Bromsgrove 3G, we are looking forward to Sunday’s match being the start of a yearly event again and would urge all those interested in local football to come down to Sunday’s match.”
Libby Mae’s father Richard Sharatt said being involved with the Bromsgrove League is something which will benefit the charity greatly.
“It means so much for us as a Bromsgrove charity to know all money raised will go towards the cause,” he added.
“We all share a passion for football and to be connected with the Bromsgrove League is something we feel very proud about.
“It’s brilliant for us as it will help with awareness and it means more people can offer their help.”
Admission for the game is £2 and will include a squad sheet.