London United and Daggers Trust
‘Support the NHS’ Football Competition
Fourteen of London’s professional football clubs’ charity organisations (CCO’s) are members of London United. During lockdown, London United wanted to show its support of the NHS and agreed to organise a number of local 6 a side competitions for NHS workers. Those local rounds between teams from all the NHS Trusts across London have been held recently with the winners being selected to represent their Trust at a grand final later this year.
The local competition held by the Chelsea CCO took place at Stamford Bridge, other events have been held at CCO bases and the Daggers Trust joined with the West Ham Foundation to host two evenings of competitions at the WHU FC Foundation headquarters in Beckton.
The Men’s event was held on the Tuesday evening where 8 teams played each other to select who went thorough to the finals. The women’s event was held on the Friday when 5 female teams took part.
The two teams representing the Daggers are the men from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, ‘The Pototters’ and the women from Barts Health NHS Trust, ‘Barts Ballers’.
New Daggers Trust "Thank You NHS" football shirts.(See left) have been especially commissioned for both our teams.
The finals were scheduled to take place at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust on 26th June but have been postponed because of the latest COVID 19 restrictions. We hope that they will eventually kick off at the start of September.
Both the Club and the Trust intend next season to recognise the outstanding contribution of the NHS, not only during the pandemic, but at all times.
Members of the BHRUH NHS Trust have offered to assist the Daggers Trust with projects in the, future, including teaching players, coaches and school children how to carry our CPR. A very relevant topic in light of what happened at the Euros recently.
We will update you on all developments once information becomes available.