FOOTBALLERS are limbering up ready to head onto the pitch in memory of a former Solihull Moors FC player.
The fifth Nick Mowl Cup will be played out at Solihull Moors Football Club on Damson Parkway on May 6 – in honour of Nick who took his own life in 2017.
Former Manchester City midfielder and England player Gareth Barry, Aston Villa’s former midfielder Stilyian Petrov and Birmingham City’s former goalkeeper Maik Taylor are tipped to walk out onto the pitch alongside local teams to raise funds for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group charity.
The teams will be going head to head the coverted Nick Mowl Cup but also player of the tournament and goalkeeper of the tournament too.
Last year Esabellas were crowned champions and more than £10,000 was raised for the charity and they were handed to the charity by Nick’s sister, Sue Mowl, and dad, John Mowl, alongside orgnaisers of the Cup.
Kaleidoscope Plus Group who provide a text scheme to help those with suicidal thoughts keep safe.
The service went live in 2019 with a helping hand from the monies raised from previous Nick Mowl Cup fundraisers.
Richard Beale, one of the organisers of The Nick Mowl Cup, said: “We are immensely grateful for the support of the Solihull community in keeping the cup running in Nick’s name every year and for helping to raise funds to help others in need.
“There are too many people to name individually but without the army of volunteers, the players, the spectators, the sponsors and of course Solihull Moors FC none of this would be possible.”
During his playing career Nick played for Knowle FC, Solihull Borough (now Solihull Moors), Stratford Town and Bedworth United.
He was also a coach at Solihull College, Birmingham City University, Premier Skills and for the juniors at Coventry City, before taking his in-demand skills overseas to America and latterly Australia.
Nick’s talents saw him take up a position in the ever-expanding American ‘soccer’ scene – joining the Temecula Valley hawks in California as a coach.
Following his death in 2017 many of the youngsters Nick coached during his all-too-short career took to social media to pay tribute to him, describing him as one of the most genuine guys around and a great football coach who had a big impact on them and their football careers.
Entry to the Nick Mowl Cup is free.
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For support text TeamKPG to 85258 to access the service.