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Holbeach Bank FC play DGM Growers in charity football match to raise funds for club pavilion



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Fundraising took the lead at a fun-packed charity football day over the weekend.

A veteran’s Holbeach Bank FC team took part in a friendly match against staff and friends from DGM Growers on Saturday - with money being gathered for the upkeep of the club’s pavilion.

The DGM team emerged victorious after a 2-1 triumph - but the pavilion was the real winner, with £614 raised following the 1.30pm kick-off.

A fun charity football game held at Holbeach Bank FC
A fun charity football game held at Holbeach Bank FC

Rachel Flood, a committee member at the football club who also works with the Oak House business, was delighted with how the afternoon panned out.

“It just seemed nice to merge the two. DGM have donated a shield, and we’re going to make this a yearly event,” she said.

“It was fabulous. Everyone gave really fantastic feedback from it.

Holbeach Bank captain Bradley Appleby, Daniel McKeown, Beck Baxter, Rachel Flood and DGM captain Danny Goddard
Holbeach Bank captain Bradley Appleby, Daniel McKeown, Beck Baxter, Rachel Flood and DGM captain Danny Goddard

“The football club was extremely happy, DGM was extremely happy - we couldn’t wish for more.”

A family fun day also took part at the playing field, which is located at Roman Bank, alongside the showpiece game itself.

Tasty barbecue food kept everybody satisfied, while a bouncy castle proved particularly popular with youngsters.

The club’s pavilion was renovated six years ago, and funds had to be garnered to keep it in top shape during the cost of living crisis.

DGM emerged as 2-1 winners
DGM emerged as 2-1 winners

Money raised will help to help pay for water, electricity and insurance - which has doubled this year.

Rachel said the committee is grateful to everyone who provided a helping hand, and added: “We’re extremely pleased. The guys are chuffed and DGM wants to do it again - everyone is over the moon.”

Three teams operate out of the pavilion at the moment, while it can also be used by people in the village.

More than £600 was raised on the day
More than £600 was raised on the day

There are a few restrictions due to its size - late night parties aren’t allowed, for example.

“We want more people to use the playing field,” Rachel added.

“Hopefully, we’re looking at a youth club next year as well. So it’s just expanding on what we’ve got, really.”

Holbeach Bank FC’s first team currently plays in the Boston Workforce Unlimited Saturday League, and will start its new season in September.

The veteran’s team at the weekend saw ex-players from through the years come together to support the club.

They may not have triumphed on the day, but were delighted that their efforts helped raise such a fantastic amount.



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