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GEORG14 JACKSON Cup 2018

On 2nd June, University of Brighton Women’s Team (Brighton Campus) ran the GEORG14 JACKSON Cup 2018.

A women’s only football tournament in memory of their team mate and friend Georgia, who sadly passed away on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

Georgia was a student at the University of Brighton, who was studying finance and accounting and who was a committed member of the Ladies Football Squad based at Brighton.

The day was organised in order to raise money for the Mental Health Charity ’Mind’ and fund a plaque for the University in Georgia’s memory.

Whilst also aiming to provide local female footballers with better access to Mental Health support networks, raise awareness and help to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues early on.

The team ran the day at the University of Brighton 3G football pitch, alongside their Coach – Naomi Robinson and with the help of Sussex FA and Sport Brighton who together, provided facilities, referee’s and gathered a large following for the day!

The day itself had 13 ladies’ teams enter from Sussex and the surrounding area and large network of family and friends came to support the day, with over 150 in attendance!

Available and included in the day were GJ Cup T-shirts courtesy of Pinnacle UK based in Worthing, ‘Remember Jacko’ wrist bands, a Target Shoot-Out, Food Vans, a Raffle with prizes donated by some wonderful local companies, cake stall and medals and a trophy for the winning team and runners-up on the day.

The day was a huge success with lots of wonderful feedback from teams involved and spectators and with the day raising a total of approx. £2,000!

After the obvious success of the day, the club are committed to running the event on an annual basis, involving more teams and to continue to  provide female footballers better access to mental health support and information on recognising symptoms each year.

The tournament consisted of 3 pools and the final game ended with a dramatic penalty shoot-out; Saltdean Ladies FC narrowly losing out to an impressive Crawley Ladies side!

The family of Georgia Jackson were also invited to the event. Cherry Jackson speaking after the day: 

“We travelled down on the morning of 2 June 2018. An emotional day returning to Brighton. As we pulled up in the sunshine, we were taken aback to see a throng of women everywhere wearing colourful shirts bearing Georgia’s name. We received the warmest welcome and felt so honoured to be so close to the football being played that day.

Astounded at the hard work that must have gone on quietly in the background. There were eats and treats and so many smiling faces. We as a family will never forget the kindness and loyalty they have shown to their fallen team mate. Once a Panther always a Panther. ”