Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Calm 84 FC Crewe are a newly formed charity football team, based in Crewe, who raise money for CALM and for local charities.
Calm 84 FC Crewe played their first match against another charity football team when they faced Heart Warriors FC.
The match took place on the afternoon of Sunday 6th June 2021 at Whitegate United FC’s ground at Whitegate near Northwich.
The score was a 4-4 stalemate after a competitive 90 minutes, so went to penalties. All eleven players from each side got to take a penalty with Heart Warriors FC winning a close shootout to win the game.
Entry was by donation and the money raised will go to Heart Warriors FC’s main charity partner – Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Liverpool – who since 1993 have provided home from home accommodation for the families of seriously ill children receiving care and treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Calm 84 FC Crewe raises awareness and funds for CALM, a leading a movement against suicide, as every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives and 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM provides a free, confidential helpline 0800 58 58 58; webchat (5pm-middnight, 365 days a year) staffed by trained professionals; bereavement support; a website with inspiring content; and campaigns tackling stereotypes of masculinity, suicide and mental health.
Calm 84 FC Crewe host a weekly training session at King George V playing fields in Crewe and aim to hold a fixture against a fellow charity club every month. Calm 84 FC Crewe are also participating in the National Affinity Cup, an FA Cup style competition for UK based charity football clubs to promote unity, togetherness and purpose.
Calm 84 FC Crewe are generously sponsored by NL Graphix, PTPLogistics.co.uk, All or Nothing Sportswear, and T D Kitchens.
Mark Dunning, Manager of Calm 84 FC Crewe, said: “It was a great performance from all the lads. I would like to say thank you to Heart Warriors for welcoming us to the ground, and for the game and to everybody that donated to Ronald McDonald House. We now move onto our next game which is at home and would love to see people down supporting us at future fixtures.”
Future Calm 84 FC Crewe fixtures:
Sunday 11th July 2021 – home vs Hospice of the Good Shepherd Charity FC.
Sunday 1st August – NHS/Wilford Hill charity football tournament.
Saturday 4th September – home vs West Midlands Ambulance Service (Stoke) FC.
Saturday 16th October – away vs Full Time on Cancer FC.
Saturday 4th December – home vs Supporting Charities FC.
Calm 84 FC Crewe have also entered the National Affinity Cup, The FA Cup style competition for UK based charity football clubs to promote unity, togetherness and purpose. Calm 84 FC Crewe will play away at North Wales Dragons in the competition.