Jackie Wild

Young footballers choose Claire House Cup over England

Who needs the World Cup when you’ve got the Claire House Cup on your doorstep?

Radio Clatterbridge listeners heard from founder Jackie Wild who has organised the annual charity tournament in memory of her son Elliot.

The 9 year old was cared for at the Clatterbridge-based children’s hospice before his death from leukaemia in 2011.

She told Andy Bonner how the family’s fundraising efforts have now made about £275,000 for Claire House in the years since.

It’s thought the footballing event for under 6s to under 13s raised nearly £25,000 this year alone.

“All these kids are having fun today playing football – kids helping other kids less fortunate than themselves.” – Jackie Wild

Young players at the 2018 Claire House Cup
Young players at the 2018 Claire House Cup

Everton FC’s Youth Academy supports the tournament each year.

Elliot was part of the development programme there before he was taken ill.

Whilst those playing during England’s group stage match with Panama were unable to watch, they were at least kept informed of the side’s epic 6-1 victory over the loudspeakers at the Wirral Rugby Club playing fields.