A TEAM of ex-professional footballers and formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Mossley is gearing up for a charity football match against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside.
The contest takes place at Seel Park on Sunday, September 8. Among players taking part will be former Oldham Athletic duo Daniel Nardiello and Guy Branston, plus Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The charity match is being organised by GMPs Tameside Division with support from Emmaus Mossley, Mossley A.F.C and Oldham Athletic Community Trust.
The family-friendly event will also include local club mascots, inflatable activities, charity raffle and face painting.
All proceeds will be donated to the Great Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “We’re all looking forward to the rematch and bringing the community together for an enjoyable day for a good cause.
“Helping people less fortunate than ourselves is a big part of the Emmaus ethos and a real motivation for the players taking part.
“I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Emmaus Mossley and all the people and organisations who are supporting this charity match.”
The Emmaus team will consist of formerly homeless people who are now supported by the charity, staff members and special guests.
Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, support and work in a community setting.
Each Emmaus runs different social enterprises, providing work and development opportunities whilst generating income to sustain the work of the charity.
PC Steve Naylor from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Following the success of last year’s charity match, myself and Harry felt we had to do it again, but this time even bigger and better.
“We have increased the number of activities on offer and increased the youth tournament to eight teams, in the hope that we can raise even more funds for such a worthwhile cause.
“Homelessness is still a recurring issue for many people throughout Manchester, including here in Tameside.
“I have visited a Bed For A Night shelter myself and can see the great work they are doing to help people who find themselves out on the streets.
“For this reason, my colleagues and I at GMP Tameside are happy to give our own time to support the event.”
Activities start at 2pm and admission will be £5 and free for Under-16s.
• To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head online to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley
If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.