Exeposé News Issue 622, Page 6 (18 March 2014) and Exeposé News online (20 March 2014)
Sunday 23 March will see the University Sports Park playing host to Xpression Sport’s third annual Charity Football Match.
The 2014 event, organised in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation, offers spectators the chance to watch Xpression Sport compete against an Exeter All-Star XI at midday on the Sports Park’s rubber crumb astro pitch.
Xpression FM Head of Sport, Douglas Wilson, speculated on the team’s odds, noting: “There is a chance that, like rabbits in the headlights, the Xpression Sport XI could be dazzled by the array of celebrities lining up for the Exeter All-Stars. But if we can keep our eyes on the ball, we have a chance. Who would want to miss the chance of witnessing such a spectacle?”
Alongside the game, setting Xpression FC against a team of intramural players, the event promises spectators a range of pitch-side entertainment and refreshments. Cake stalls and raffle draws will be on offer, alongside a range of activities including a spectator “radar gun”, live music, “pie a player”, and a spectator penalty shoot-out.
The Adam Stansfield Foundation, to which all proceeds will be donated, was founded by the wife and family of former Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield. In response to the support the family received from football fans after the striker’s death from bowel cancer, the foundation provides football and recreational facilities in Exeter and across the UK, to “promote community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of children and young people up to the age of 16 residing in Devon, Herefordshire and Somerset”.
The 2013 event raised over £2000 for the foundation, and in the run-up to this year’s event the team are welcoming donations of any size, which can be made by visiting the link at the bottom of this article.
Xpression Sport encourages students to come along to the event at 12 midday on 23 March to support the teams, raise funds for the foundation, and enjoy the range of activities on offer.
Jak Curtis-Rendall, VP Participation and Campuses, told Exeposé: “It is excellent to see Xpression FM raising yet more money for charity. This match is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives from the team this year. The Adam Stansfield Foundation is an extremely worthy cause and one that is very close to the heart of many students and residents in Exeter, particularly those associated with Exeter City FC.”