Football tournament for local groups

A weekend of football is being organised for the first weekend in June to raise funds for two local groups.

Forfar woman Julie Wilson is organising the event over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 from 10 am to 6 pm both days.

The event will raise funds for the Forfar branch which helps those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and the Forfar Branch of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Her father David was diagnosed with COPD eight years ago and is a member of Forfar Airways.

Julie has seen the benefit the club brings to those suffering from COPD and decided to organise the football weekend, which takes place at Strathmore Park, as a way of thanking those who have helped her dad

The two day Forfar Airways Football Tournament will include a fancy dress football match at 11 am on the Saturday with the teams led by Joe Harkin and Ackie McGregor. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, raffle, wet sponge throwing and tea and coffee will be served.

Julie is appealing for more adult teams to take part over the weekend and there are a number of teams for those aged 16 to 18 which have expressed an interest.

Julie has received a lot of support from Brian Rocks for organising the football event, as well as from her mum, Betty as well as family and friends.

She said: “Dad was diagnosed with the condition eight years ago. Not a lot of people have heard of COPD. People think it only affects older people but a lot of young people also have it. I’ve organised the event to raise awareness of COPD and the local group and to boost their funds as a thank you. They have been very supportive and caring towards dad and the family. There is no cure for COPD but there is treatment to make things more comfortable as it progresses.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the football tournament or who can help in any way can contact Julie on 077 132 510 11 or the facebook page Forfar Airways.