Football fever returns to Clatterbridge

Football fever has returned to Clatterbridge.

But it's not the Euros that are getting everyone hot under the collar, it's the Claire House Cup.

Cup Winners: Britannia Juniors FC (Credit: @brittkids)

The annual event is held in memory of Elliot Wild who lost his battle with leukaemia five years ago.

Held at Wirral Rugby Club, the tournament was bigger than ever this year with 1,500 children aged 6 to 13 playing over the weekend.

"There's no better legacy than to see 800 children playing football here for him today." - Jackie Wild, organiser

Elliot played with Everton before he got sick and the club helps his parents arrange the event with the support of a number of local businesses.

Parents Ian and Jackie Wild and brother Finlay spoke to presenter Steve Lord about the tournament.

 

Jackie revealed how one team raised more than £800 pounds for the children's hospice, instead of just paying the £50 entrance fee.

Elliot's brother Finlay also took part in the event, playing for Higher Bebington Junior FC.

The family set out to raised £5,000 five years ago but are now hoping to break through the £200,000 mark.

This year 156 teams came together from Wirral, North Wales, Liverpool and the Cheshire leagues.


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