Deanwood Golf Club Grand Charity Ball in aid of Skem Men-Aces
THE Skelmersdale community has rallied round to help send the renowned Skem Men-Aces football team to the Special Olympics national games in Bath this month.
The Men-Aces are representing the North West at the biggest national games for adults with intellectual disabilities. The event includes 1,700 athletes and is expected to attract more than 10,000 spectators for a five day event which starts on August 28. Skem residents and businesses helped raise £6000 to send the team to the games.
Deanwood Golf Club recently put on a Grand Charity Ball to help raise even more funds in order to send the Men-Aces to Bath. A truly fantastic gesture, with the added splash of the red and black team colours, which raised a magnificent £1,250. Deanwood Captain Ian Cromptin has chosen Skem Men-Aces as his charity for the year, and Carl, Mim and the rest of the coaches would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making it an amazing night for the team.
Manager Carl Eaton is proud and delighted: "We’re really excited to be taking eight of our athletes and three coaches to represent the North West. If it hadn’t been for the Skem community who have been truly awesome for this club, there is no doubt that this inspiring event would have only been a dream.
“The lads are training twice weekly ahead of the games and have just recently received their match kit which was funded and given to our athletes by Everton legend Derek Mountfield. By competing in Bath they have a chance of representing their country in the world games in Los Angeles in 2015.”
The Skem Men-Aces started in 2009 and now boast a squad of close to 40 players. They have won major competitions and tournaments around the North West and beyond.
Boss Eaton added: “For some of our lads this club is quite literally the only thing that they have in their lives and for me as the manager, the smiles, friendships and the strong bond that they have for each other is sometimes more important than the football. Being part of this organisation makes me so proud beyond words."