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Premier League fans will be up for the cup

Football managers Jez Burton and Nicky Miles are aiming to get their hands on silverware in Pagham this weekend.


They are in charge of teams of Arsenal and Chelsea fans who are taking each other on for charity.


Sunday’s game will kick off at 11am at Pagham FC’s Nyetimber Lane ground in aid of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.


Jez is in the hot seat for the Arsenal fans. He says the match is a great opportunity to have some fun, try to get one over on rival supporters and help the hospice.


“I’d urge people to come along to support this fantastic local charity for children,” he said.


“After the event, there will be a raffle with some great prizes, and no doubt loads of great banter.”


Meanwhile, Chelsea coach Nick says he hopes for a high-scoring game to please those who go along to watch.


“We’ve got to entertain the crowd and we’ll play with that in mind.


“It’ll be a great bit of fun and, if we can enjoy it while raising money for the hospice, then I’ll be more than happy with that, win or lose,” he said.


This is the latest in a series of charity games between the fans. The prize up for grabs is a lovely piece of silverware donated by Daren and Kate Terry, the owners Bognor Regis hair salon Lotus Styling.


Daren said: “We’re delighted to put up the cup to give the winning team something to hold aloft in a match that is for such a deserving cause.


“It should be a great day and having been involved in previous matches we know just have competitive it will be. Good luck to both sides.”


Chestnut Tree House, near Arundel, provides hospice care services and community support for 300 children and young people aged up to 19 with progressive life-shortening conditions throughout east and west Sussex, Brighton and Hove and south-east Hampshire.


The hospice relies on raising £6,850 every day to fund its range of services provided at the hospice and in the homes of the children.


The £3.8m annual total cost is mainly provided by donations from supporters. Many fundraise by taking part in a wide range of events, which are held during every years.

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