Growers United FC 2014 World Cup Weekend

Wychavon District Council is once again supporting Growers United FC in a weekend event that promises to provide fun and activities suitable for all the family – and is free of charge and open to all.

The Growers United 2014 World Cup Weekend will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium (Cheltenham Road).

There will be a football tournament starting at 9am both on the Saturday and Sunday, but the main sporting attraction will be a Growers United FC v West Bromwich Albion and Midlands All Stars game, which is scheduled for 3:30pm on Sunday 29 June.

The daily football tournaments will feature 32 teams competing against each other for the honour of winning the Growers United FC 2014 World Cup. Some competing teams are travelling to participate in the competition from as far afield as Devon, Lincolnshire, Kent and Dorset.

New to this year’s event will be the Fine Foods Market, where local produce and international cuisines will be on display and ready to be sampled during the weekend. There will also be family entertainment and attractions to keep everyone entertained, including a climbing wall, health checks, face painting, an art zone and circus skills.

Tom Piotrowski, Coordinator of the Migration and Integration in Rural Areas (MIRA) project in Worcestershire, a project supported by Wychavon, said: “Growers United FC provides an excellent opportunity to use football as a way towards creating greater community spirit and cohesion. We hope that our event becomes a real chance for people of different backgrounds to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Football and food are loved with the same passion all over the world, so let’s celebrate things that we have in common.”

Growers United FC – FC being “For Charity” – has established itself as one of the leading corporate social responsibility projects in the Vale of Evesham. Their aim is to bring together local businesses and communities in their common goal of supporting chosen charities and building stronger links among local residents. Football is used as a platform on which all this good work can be done.

Wychavon District Council has been supporting this worthy initiative since it began in autumn 2012, when a group of local growers played in a friendly football match against Evesham United to raise funds for a local charity. The original charity match was a huge success and the 2013 event saw close to 1,000 people attend or taking part in the football tournament.

Bal Padda of Vicarage Nurseries, who co-founded the Growers United FC, said: ““This event is all about bringing communities together to enjoy sport and the best our local horticultural businesses have to offer. We’re extremely grateful to Evesham United for once again providing us with the use of their ground and for the ongoing support we receive from Wychavon District Council. Massive thanks also go to Pershore College, where vital skills are taught to new generations of horticulturalists and agriculturalists. The College is keen to establish ever closer links with local growers as this will benefit the local economy by injecting it with important new skills.”

This year, the money raised is for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK. Two Just Giving pages have been set up to enable online donations: for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and for Cancer Research UK.

For more information about the event over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June, please contact Vicarage Nurseries on 01386 833753, email, or go to Facebook and search for Growers United FC.

Evesham United’s ground is The Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium (for Sat Navs use WR11 2LS).

Additional goals of Growers United FC, which Wychavon is keen to promote include:

  • community cohesion;

  • encouraging healthy life-styles and greater participation in sports;

  • showcasing horticulture and tourism opportunities in the Vale;

  • enabling local growers to establish closer professional links resulting; and

  • encouraging young people to consider careers in agriculture and horticulture.