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Human table football comes to St Helier

Autism Jersey is excited to announce a new tournament… HUMAN table football!

Imagine being one of the players, your hands attached to a pole, and having to work with your team-mates to reach the ball.

The idea came from Autism Jersey’s Fundraising and Marketing Manager Caroline Moody who had spotted a fun game on YouTube. ‘It looked like everyone was having such a laugh. Human table football is considered to be one of the best team-building activities. What I particularly like about this event is that it is so inclusive – you can have any level of fitness and abilities. It’s all about having fun.’

The concept has developed into reality thanks to the support and enthusiasm of Simon Chard, managing director of Normans, and Simon Silbernagl, managing director of Camerons. Normans will be supplying the materials for the purpose-built pitch and Camerons are in charge of constructing it.

Simon Chard said: ‘Normans are proud to be a supporter of Autism Jersey and are delighted to be sponsoring their Human Table Football challenge. We are sure this event will capture the Island’s imagination and participants will have a fun and action-packed day, while helping to raise funds for this very worthy cause.’

Autism Jersey also have the support of CPA Global, whose sponsorship of the charity currently pays for the running of their Adult Social Clubs and counselling service.

Liam Crenan, who works for CPA Global and sits on the Autism Jersey fundraising committee, is a keen footballer and thinks it is a great way to raise money.

The charity also has the expertise and enthusiasm of Mark Jones, who is secretary/treasurer of the Jersey Learning Disabilities Football Club. He has planned out the league tournament of four groups of four teams, with each six-player team guaranteed at least three ten-minute games.

On the Friday evening before the tournament, the charity will also hold some ‘warm-up’ matches, including people with disabilities, politicians and the media.

‘I’m delighted that Caroline asked me to get involved with this exciting project, and I’m sure it will be a huge success,’ Mark said. ‘Furthermore I’m extremely grateful to Autism Jersey for inviting the Jersey Learning Disabilities Football Team to take part. The players are really looking forward to it and supporting a charity that plays a huge part in supporting individuals with autism and their families.’

The tournament will be held on Saturday 20 May, from 10 am, at the Weighbridge.

Alongside the tournament there will be a Beat the Goalie fun competition. If businesses would like to ask their boss to go in goal for an hour, they are asked to contact Liam Crenan at lcrenan@cpaglobal.com.

Each team will be made up of six players, and the entry fee is £500. Teams are booking up fast, and anyone interested in securing their place should contact Caroline Moody as soon as possible by emailing c.moody@autismjersey.org.