On 27th July, a team of avid young footballers put their best foot forward to take part in the annual Who Cares? Scotland Care Cup at Powerleague Glasgow. Attended by over 100 young people from across Scotland, The Care Cup brings together care experienced young people from across Scotland to have fun, get active and enjoy some healthy competition to determine what team would lift the cup and reign victorious.
As always, there was a great turnout from young people across Kibble, with seven enthusiastic young athletes taking part. Teams were split by age group, with two teams competing in both the under 15’s division ‘Rising Stars’ and over 15’s ‘Prime Ballers’.
As the whistle sounded to kick-off the day’s events, our young footballers worked together with their team mates to line up the ball and gain competitive advantage. Scores of fans awaiting their shot at glory cheered from the side lines, encouraging young people to give it their all regardless of what team they were supporting.
“It was my second time at The Care Cup. I was there last year too. I loved it. I was mostly striker, and I scored a couple of goals. The happiest thing was everyone was cheering us on, even when we were losing. Rather than booing us, they were cheering us on and saying, “well done, you did good out there”. Everyone was so nice and kind.”
The enthusiasm and camaraderie between all of the players was palpable, reaching fever pitch when a goal was scored by one young person at Kibble moments before the final whistle. The young goal scorer was rewarded for ‘Best Player’ at the final prize giving, recognised for her ability, positive attitude and goal scoring prowess. She commented:
“I thought the Care Cup was really fun. I didn’t expect to get the trophy for best player. It was completely out the blue, but I was so proud of myself. When we got back, I lay on the couch and couldn’t get up. I was sore for three days!”
Events like The Care Cup are a great way to bring people together to meet new friends, have lots of fun and celebrate their achievements. Jemma Kane, Advocacy Coordinator – Kibble committed:
“I’m so proud of the seven young people who took part. On the pitch, they approached their matches with a positive attitude and willingness to give their best. They were fair, respectful, and considerate of each other – true sportsmanship. And most importantly, they had fun. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a victory for the Kibble teams, but they were all winners in my eyes”.
We’re already talking about next year’s event and will look forward to welcoming new players to the Kibble team.