Hundreds of people turned out on a beautiful day to support a young boy who lost his leg in a road accident.
Stamford AFC’s Zeeco Stadium hosted a football match on Sunday last week in aid of the Seb Goold Trust. The trust is trying to raise money to buy a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg for the youngster who lost his leg after a road accident last year.
Coaches at One Touch Football, where Seb and his twin brother Ben were players together, spent months organising Sunday’s event. They brought in cheerleaders, mascots and a team of Peterborough United legends to play against the One Touch coaches and dads.
And thanks to the generosity of supporters on the day, they were able to raise more than £5,000 for the trust.
Scott McKenzie coached Seb and his brother Ben in the One Touch Football under-10s team. He visited Seb in hospital after his accident, and promised to arrange a match for him.
“It’s a relief to have been able to do what I promised,” he said. “I told Seb that I don’t do things half-heartedly. If I’m going to do it I do it properly.”
Scott played in the match alongside Seb’s father Nick, and got on the scoresheet in a 4-3 loss. Seb was invited to manage the team from the dugout, with Ben acting as goalkeeper coach.
“Seb loved it,” said Scott. “I lost count of how many times he kept saying ‘thank you’.
“To see him back to his best and giving his dad some stick on the sidelines was special for all of us. It was brilliant for everyone connected with One Touch.”
Scott had no idea how many people to expect on the day. But he ended up with a crowd that would rival a typical home match at the Zeeco Stadium. They were treated to a great game of football, performances from the London Cheerleaders, an auction of a signed Lionel Messi Barcelona shirt and a raffle and presentation of medals at the end.
Scott said: “For 400 people to come and watch a load of out-of-shape dads play against the Posh legends is amazing. People came from all over.
“I can’t thank people enough for everything that they have done. The support and help, the prizes for the raffle, the kit sponsors - it’s been huge.”
Scott gave particular thanks to Stamford AFC for the use of the Zeeco Stadium, his wife Amy and all those who helped raise funds for the trust.
Anyone who would like to donate can send a cheque payable to the Seb Goold Trust to Scott McKenzie, 48 Tarragon Way, Bourne, PE10 9NA.
People can also buy photos from the day from www.photoboxgallery.com/photojoedent. Proceeds will go to the trust.
Further reading: Father’s thanks after match raises £5,000 for brave Seb.