Curtis Fleming Supporting Justice First 5-aside Goals
By fmttm
Friday 19 May 2017 12:48:00
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Former Boro star and now QPR coach, Curtis Fleming is back on Teesside supporting Justice First’s Annual five a side football tournament this Saturday.

Justice First's annual five a side tournament returns for its sixth year, tomorrow and this year the event commemorates a well loved and respected Radio Tees journalist, presenter and sports commentator, Ali Brownlee.

The competition will take place at Goals Soccer Centre in Middlesbrough, and those taking part could be on the same pitch as former Boro and Ireland star Curtis Fleming who officiates on the day.

Kath Sainsbury who has worked for Justice First from the very beginning, 11 years ago said “We were absolutely devastated when he heard the tragic news of Ali Brownlee’s passing last year. Ali was a great supporter of our work and I spent many a happy interview with him in the Radio Tees studio discussing refugee issues and football! Ali often gave us a plug for our international football tournament, so in recognition of my friend and supporter, we decided to pay a tribute to Ali by naming the winners’ trophy after him.

Curtis Fleming, the current QPR team coach is a Patron of Justice First, a Stockton-based charity for people seeking asylum.

Pete Widlinski, Justice First’s communication manager said: “When you first establish a much needed charity you are never sure how long it is going to last. As with all things in the voluntary sector it depends on available funding, so we spend a lot of time fundraising and applying for funds from charitable trusts. But it’s not only about support vulnerable individuals and families. It’s also about developing a lasting understanding of asylum issues amongst the host communities, and football is on a par with music and food for bringing people together for that mutual understanding and to build friendships. This will be our sixth international football tournament, in partnership with the Red Cross, and supported by Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner”

Justice First, British Red Cross & partners have 20 teams this year, and as last year, it will include at least one all-women team and a free international buffet.

Curtis Fleming added “I am looking forward to seeing lots of people on the 20th May. It will be a great day to have some fun, play some competitive football and raise money for a very worthwhile cause”.

The tournament will be taking place on Saturday 20th May at Goals Soccer Centre, Middlesbrough.

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