The Youdan Trophy hosted its third annual Sporting Dinner last Wednesday ( June 28 ) and what a hugely successful night for both the competition and it’s two Sheffield charities it proved to be.
The internationally-recognised football tournament raised money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity as well as local young housing charity, Roundabout.
Both sides of Sheffield were well represented on the night with former Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder Chris Waddle lining up alongside ex-Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett who recently was awarded the Derek Dooley Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sheffield Star Football Awards.
Joining them on the panel were You Are The Ref’s very own Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey whilst Mark Saggers, host of TalkSport’s flagship weeknight Kick-off show, was on presenting duty.
Keith Hackett, director of Youdan Trophy tournament organisers You-Are-The-Ref.com, said: “I’m delighted that for a third year running we were able to host another fantastic night at the Doubletree Hilton here in Sheffield. Our sporting dinner was a tremendous event and it is really wonderful that we could raise money for two very worthwhile causes.
Roundabout is Sheffield’s local youth housing charity – providing shelter, support and life skills to more than 150 young people in the city everyday, people who are homeless or thought to be at risk of becoming homeless.
The Children’s Hospital Charity’s provides funding for care over and above the standard NHS provision, providing the renowned hospital with world-class equipment.
More than 800 players from some of the world’s biggest football clubs will participate in this summer’s highly-prestigious Youdan Tournament.
Representatives from Manchester United to Houston Dynamo, Newcastle United to FC Basel and Everton to Kawaski Frontale are lining up against quality opposition from as far afield as Iran and South Africa. The event will also feature teams from both Sheffield’s clubs Wednesday and United.
Sheffield-based You-Are-The-Ref.com – the world’s leading independent authority and education platform for match officials – is behind the creation of the competition which celebrates football’s first-ever tournament. The Football Challenge Cup was staged only once in 1867 at Bramall Lane and was sponsored by local entrepreneur Thomas Youdan.
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