Beckett football help raise funds for Movember
18 December 2018
Players from the club took part in the Movember challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the men's health charity.
The club successfully raised £1,625 for the Movember charity, which helps to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer as well as mental health.
Over 80 players from the club embarked on their month long challenge, with several players growing moustaches that would have rivalled former footballers David Seaman and Graeme Souness.
We have reached the half way point and the tashes are coming on strong! Here’s an update on the efforts so far. With our target of £1000 already smashed we’re aiming even higher than last year! Any more donations would be appreciated 💜 #menshealth #mensmentalhealth #moustache #charity #donate #movember
Club Captain Elliot Holmes was proud of the clubs efforts, which also saw coaches and managers from Beckett get involved in the challenge.
“The attitude and commitment of the players this year has been fantastic,” he said
Elliot also explained why the club originally chose Movember as their charity of choice.
“Myself and the committee understand the importance of making a difference, especially as previous players have been affected by issues Movember tries to tackle.
“We decided that taking part in Movember would bring the lads closer together and would add an element of competition, whether that’s for the most money donated or the best style of moustache.”
Beckett’s competitive spirit for the cause saw the club raise £400 more than their efforts last season. All 80 players took to social media to kickstart their charity challenge, with players sharing photos of themselves before, during and after the process while enlisting the help of their friends, family and followers to help with donations.
Elliot said he was happy with all 80 players’ efforts but gave special praise to Dillon Alcock, Josh Hallam, Lewis Barker, Ryan Ellison and Sam Rigg as all five players helped raise £100 each.
“Sometimes the work of University sports teams goes unnoticed and I feel it is important to highlight the efforts made by committee members and players to become successful,” Elliot said
“I am extremely proud of the footballers within the club, even the ones claiming to have facial hair, who have taken the time to help fight men’s health problems while dealing with lectures, assessments, training and matches, which I believe demonstrates the true dedication of our club.”
The club are currently enjoying their winter break before all four teams return to action on Wednesday 30 January for the second half of the season and Elliot has a positive outlook for the club’s future
“The club as a whole is becoming more professional,” Elliot said.
“At the half-way point of our season, I couldn’t ask for any more of the players and coaching staff. Players are taking more responsibility this year and we are proud to represent Leeds Beckett University.