Bedford hotels battle it out for Soccer Aid

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Hotel football match Bedford Swan and The Barns 2019
The Bedford Swan (reds) played The Barns (blues) to raise money and funds for UNICEF's Soccer Aid

Two Bedford hotels have faced-off against each other to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Soccer Aid.

The Bedford Swan Hotel and The Barns Hotel, took part in the friendly football match last week (10 June) and, despite the rain, Malcolm Wyse manager at the Bedford swan Hotel said it was “a great success”

The 7-a-side match was inspired over a coffee between the senior managers of the hotels when they realised they were all keen football supporters:

  • Malcolm Wyse – general manager, Swan Hotel (Nottingham Forest)
  • David Pugh – operations manager, Swan Hotel (Liverpool FC)
  • Tom Brierley – general manager, Barns Hotel (Aston Villa)
  • Adam Hersey – operations manager, Barns Hotel (Millwall FC)

It was hosted by Kempston Rovers and included mixed male and female teams on both sides.

Both teams played valiantly but by final whistle, the Swan Hotel took bragging rights as the 5-2 winners.

Player of the match also went to Gemma Moore, restaurant team member at the swan hotel, who won the Bedford Hospitality Cup.

“This could well turn into a be a regular fixture,” said Malcolm. “Simon, head chef at The Embankment has gone away inspired to assemble his own team for future participation.”

The referee was Amy Keech, events manager at the Swan Hotel, who we’re told showed no bias.

UNICEF’s Soccer Aid brings together football legends and celebrities, who battle it out on the pitch so that more children can grow up happy, healthy and able play – just like children should.

Around the world, poverty, hunger and disease are disrupting playtime for millions of children. Soccer Aid for Unicef is defending play for every child.

While much of the money raised between the Bedford Hotels has been in cash, if you’d like to make a donation, head to their JustGiving page.