IMG_1468More than two hundred men have kitted up in preparation for the final of a charity football tournament which aims to raise vital funds for Meadowhall Shopping Centre’s Charity of the Year, St Luke’s Hospice.

Staff from the Sheffield shopping centre and 30 of its retailers have partnered with the Darnel United Football Project to compete in a nail-biting knock-out competition to raise money for the local charity that cares for people throughout Sheffield with incurable illnesses.

The tournament, which has seen four rounds take place since May, is now at its peak with the final fast approaching.

The Meadowhall Team were faced with tough competition from retailers Next, Debenhams, M&S, JD Sport, Sports Direct, Zizzi and Darnall in a bid to be crowned the ultimate champions at the final held on bank holiday Sunday at Goal Soccer Centre, in Sheffield.

A first of its kind for Meadowhall Shopping Centre, the tournament organisers hope to raise at least £1,000 to put towards funding total raised for St Luke’s so for this year.

Dean Checkett, Meadowhall’s Duty Manager who has organised the tournament, said: “We hope this tournament will be the first of many.

“It has been great getting together with Darnall United, who Meadowhall have sponsored for a three-year period and involve so many employees from different areas of Meadowhall to unite over a good game of football in order to raise funds for a charity which is dear to all of our hearts.”

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