An entertaining fundraising football match between an enterprise agency and a local ladies team has raised over £2,000 for local Paralympic swimmer, Jessica-Jane Applegate.

Nwes, which supports start-up and growing businesses, was challenged to the match by Norfolk Women’s and Girls Division One team, North Walsham Angels, when they heard of the enterprise agency’s campaign to raise money for Jessica-Jane following a cut in her funding.

Taking place on Sunday 11 June, the competitive, good-humoured and high-spirited encounter was supported by a large number of businesses, and Easton and Otley College, who offered the use of their 3G football pitch at no charge.

Nwes CEO Kevin Horne says.

“The competitive streak truly came out in the Nwes XI, and old bones were on the pitch for much longer than they should have been!  The difference between the teams was evident when they arrived 90 minutes before the match for warm up routines, including cones. The Nwes XI, confident in their inner ability, ambled in 20 minutes before kick-off, most after a nice pub Sunday roast!”

“Straight away the Angels were on the attack, putting pressure on the Nwes back four, whose combined age exceeded that of the entire Angels team, however, the experience and guile gained over the years won out, helped by some sound goalkeeping from Nwes’ Richard Voisey.”

The crowd swelled and the cake stall was rushed off its feet as the crowd became vocal.  This inspired both teams to up the pace and the first half closed with a score line of 4-2.

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 “This was a match where there were only winners – not least the Jessica-Jane Applegate fund, which was boosted by the magnificent sum of over £2,000.”

The final whistle arrived just in time for the Nwes XI with a final score of 8-6 to Nwes.

It was a real sporting encounter, which concluded with medal presentations and a well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ award going to Hope from the North Walsham Angels, who earned her side a penalty, which was coolly dispatched into the bottom left hand corner.

Easton & Otley College spokesperson, John Nice, said,

“We are delighted to have hosted a charity match that aims to raise funds for Jessica-Jane Applegate.  Jessica-Jane is a former student of the college, who studied with us on a dog grooming course and we have supported her sporting efforts in previous years.

“Naturally we are incredibly proud of her many achievements over the years and we are pleased to have hosted this occasion.  We are delighted that the match raised lots of money to help Jessica-Jane to continue to get the best available training that can support her future ambitions.”

There was a superb turnout of spectators, and plenty who had travelled a significant distance to watch the game.  Nwes and the North Walsham Angels are hugely thankful for their good-humoured support and encouragement.  The event was a shining example of what can be achieved by people coming together to support a good cause.

Manager and Coach for the North Walsham Angels, Kevin Wagner says.

“We were asked by our Team sponsor Nwes to play against their own football team.  All the players wanted to be involved to help raise funds for Jessica Jane Applegate to enable her to compete at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games.”

Nwes’ Kevin Horne concludes.

“This was a match where there were only winners – not least the Jessica-Jane Applegate fund, which was boosted by the magnificent sum of over £2,000.”

Thanks to sponsors:  Onyx IT; Birketts LLP; Nautilus Associates; Camp Beaumont; Eastern Edge; Allicare; Tin Can Digital; Content Connective; Rounce and Evans Property Management; Alan Boswell Group; Shred Station; Woolf & Social; Bias Accountants; Feilden + Mawson; Gary Attfield/Future 50; 101 Ltd; Simon Long Removals and Storage; The Taylors, Hong Kong; Katia Pitarch; Sha Tin College History Dept; Team Wilson, Kris French.

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Additional thanks to Easton & Otley College, and North Walsham Angels.



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