Thursday, October 06, 2005

No allocations force Gibraltar league to La Linea

Seven-a-side football

Gibraltar Gaming Football League, a seven-a-side amateur league formed by staff of the locally established gaming companies, has expressed disappointment that they cannot obtain allocations to play at the Victoria Stadium.

As a result of this they have had to play their matches in Spain.

The league is also involved in charity fund raising activities to help the community and last year they made a donation of £5,000 to St Martin’s Special School.

League president Michael Ford said they had contacted the Stadium before the start of last season but were informed that all available pitches were fully booked.

“All that we require is one full-sized pitch for two and a half hours per week on any weekday evening, the day is really not an issue,” said Mr Ford. Now with the new season about to commence at the end of October, they have been informed yet again that no pitches are available “for any day at any time,” he added.

The league which has proved extremely popular and successful, is formed by dozens of Gibraltarians and others who are employees of gaming organizations on the rock such as Cassava, Stan James, Party Gaming, Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler and Carmen Media.

Mr Ford said:

“We have been involved in fundraising for St Martins’ school helping children with severe learning difficulties. To date we have already raised £5,000 for the cause, and look forward to at least doubling this in the coming year.

At present we have to play what is a Gibraltar league in La Linea, with several players being forced to attend Spanish hospitals with injuries, one of which was of a serious nature.”

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