Keyworker Cup to celebrate the hidden heroes

Torbay Weekly

Football will take centre stage in the celebration of our hidden heroes during the Covid-19 crisis, as Newton Abbot’s Coach Road plays host to the Keyworker Cup on Sunday.
This unique competition will involve four teams from Torquay Police, HM Prison Exeter, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue, and Exeter City Community Trust, playing a simple format of semi-finals and final.  
Sponsored by SMC Garage Group, the event will be raising money for the Mind mental health charity, starting at 10.30am with the final scheduled for 3.30pm, and bar and food available for spectators.
Organiser Mike Reece from the Prison and Probation Service said: “The inspiration for the Keyworker Cup is to give some of those who have worked throughout the Pandemic a chance to enjoy a day out.
“I’ve worked through the past 16 months with very little rest period and it is the same as many others. The Keyworker Cup is all about celebrating those people.
“I work in the PE Department and we often organise events, so it’s nice to get staff involved in a different activity that will help fitness and mental wellbeing.
“We’ve got good community ties with Exeter City and brilliant to have two more of the emergency services involved. We did try and get the hospital included but that sadly wasn’t possible.”
The choice of charity to support, Mind, reflects some of the mental health challenges many Keyworkers have faced during the crisis.
There will, however, be an added challenge this weekend, as the competitors take on searing heat.  
“It will be 60-minute games with a break in between,” added Mike. “The event is all affiliated by the Devon FA and we’re delighted to have Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez attending to present the trophies.  
“The bars will be open and food available for a decent day out, although the fitness levels of all players will vary greatly. It is about getting people together and having fun.
“We set all teams a target to raise money for Mind and we have a Virgin Money Giving account, which has already exceeded £1,200 raised.”