It’s been a mainstay in the British footballing calendar since 2011 and this year is no exception, with the Movember Cup poised to be the “biggest by quite a way” featuring 12 men’s and six women’s sides.
This year’s tournament takes place at Burnage Rugby club in Manchester this weekend, and we spoke with organisers to find out a bit more about such a special event.
“This event is close to our hearts, and has been slowly building over an 8-9 year period,” Alex Pietrus told AFL England. “It’s going to be the biggest by quite a way, which we’re really excited about.
“This year with a good gap in the calendar between the European Championships and tournaments in the New Year, we’ve really seen heightened interest.”
For the first time, the Movember Cup is seeing its first team fly in, with the addition of the Perpignan Tigers, and Pietrus says it is a testament to how the game is growing across Europe.
They will be joined by the Wandsworth Demons, Sussex Swans, Birmingham University, Huddersfield Rams, Tyne-Tees Tigers, London Swans, St Peters Gaelic, Galway Magpies, SE London Giants and of course the Mosquitoes themselves.
The event has its origins in 2011 when Manchester Mosquitoes ruckman and founding member Nathan Blakey passed away on the eve of the first tournament.
“We wanted to help make a difference by raising money for men’s health and thought there is no better platform than a charity footy tournament to help achieve our goal.”
The tournament now raises money for Movember, the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. Players from clubs all over the country have been posting pictures of their “mo’s” on social media, which has become an integral part of the hype surrounding the tournament.
“The Clubs have been really good in providing us content to help promote the event,” said Pietrus. “In this day & age, clubs realise social media is a key pillar in engaging with people, regardless of how big the club is.
“We’re looking to flood social media on the day so people from all corners of the earth can enjoy the event!”
Not only is the size of the tournament reaching new heights, the amount of money raised is also expecting to exceed the previous record of just under £1,000.
“With a record amount of teams competing, we’re hoping to raise between £2,500 – £3,000! There is still time to donate and help achieve our goal!”
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2011- Leeds Minotaurs
2012- Birmingham Bears
2013- Huddersfield Rams
2014- Birmingham Uni
2015- Wandsworth Demons
2016- Huddersfield Rams
2017- Birmingham Uni
2018- Manchester Mosquitoes
Womens / Ladies
2017- Birmingham Uni
2018- Nottingham Scorpions