‘We are the champions’ Cup success for Emmaus Mossley

EMMAUS Mossley five-a-aside squad has won a charity football tournament hosted by Oldham Athletic Community Trust at the Futsal Arena in Oldham.

Five teams from Emmaus communities across the North West battled it out in the inaugural OACT Emmaus Futsal Cup.

Emmaus Mossley team with their winners cup

In a series of closely fought matches, Emmaus Mossley secured the most points, winning three out of the four games they played.

Darren Bateman, companion and team captain of Emmaus Mossley, said: “Firstly, well done to our team on winning the cup. I’m very proud of what we accomplished.

“I would also like to give a big well done to all of the other Emmaus communities who took part.

“Thank you to OACT for putting the day together, organising the tournament and welcoming us to Boundary Park for the Oldham Athletic game in the afternoon.”

Other teams taking part in the tournament were: Emmaus Burnley, Emmaus Merseyside, Emmaus Preston and Emmaus Salford.

Rob Curran, participation manager at OACT, said: “It was good to see the different Emmaus communities coming together for the OACT tournament.

“The football was played in the right spirit with everyone respectful and supportive of one another.

“It was also good to see the players at Boundary Park afterwards and we’d be very happy to support another similar event in future.”

Following the football tournament, OACT organised tickets for the Emmaus players to watch Latics’ League One clash with newly-promoted Macclesfield Town.

Players unite for the OACT Emmaus Futsal Cup

OACT has supported Emmaus Mossley for the past two years with donations, visits to the club and player tours of the charity’s community base at Longlands Mill in Mossley.

The partnership has helped to inspire weekly football training sessions, improving the health, wellbeing and teamwork of Emmaus community members.

Harry Barlow, community leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “The OACT Futsal Cup tournament was a great way for us to unite with our fellow Emmaus communities and build links in our local community.

“I would like to give thanks to OACT and Oldham Athletic for their continued kind support of Emmaus and also thank The Futsal Arena and Dave from Lockforce Locksmiths for donating the cup.”

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