Hyde FC are set to host a game with a difference at their Ewen Field stadium on May 10th, when Manchester City veterans come together to face a team of Greater Manchester Police officers and other criminal justice staff.
The game has been organised by Victim Support - a charity that helps victims of crime - in support of their campaign against domestic abuse.
The teams will be competing for the Linzi Ashton Memorial Cup - in honour of Linzi Ashton, a young woman from Salford who tragically died of injuries caused by her ex-partner, after enduring months of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is sadly still a serious problem in Britain - with estimates suggesting as many as 2 million victims a year, with only 800,000 incidents being reported to the police.
Victims’ organisations have long argued that the issue was not receiving the attention it warrants from the criminal justice system, but since 2005 the police and courts have made significant progress in bringing the number of perpetrators to justice.
Despite this, tens of thousands of individuals will continue to suffer at the hands of abusive partners, and more must be done to raise awareness of these shameful crimes.
Evidence shows that there is an increase in cases of domestic abuse during the World Cup, which has prompted footballers and campaigners alike to team up and use football as a means of getting their message out.
The team of Manchester City veterans, the “Old Boys”, will be managed by Macclesifeld Town’s former manager, Derek Partridge, with the challengers relying on the skills of GMP senior officers, such as Assistant Chief Constable, Garry Shewan.
The trophy will be presented by Linzi’s family, who will be there to support the event in person.
Tickets are on sale at £5, and all proceeds will contribute to the charities work supporting victims of domestic abuse. If you are interested, please contact Angela Stewart of Victim Support on 0161 968 4986. Alternatively, tickets can be requested by contacting email@example.com or by getting in touch via Twitter at @VS_Manchester