East Devon – The excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was brought closer to home when East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Community Hubs organized a draw for visitors to win a coveted FIFA Women’s World Cup football.
Visitors to select EDDC Community Hubs were given the unique opportunity to vie for a FIFA Women’s World Cup football autographed by none other than Jill Scott, the former captain of the England Women’s football team and the 2022 victor of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.’ Generously donated by Jill herself, these prized footballs were added to a sweepstake overseen by Lucinda Cliff, the Project Leader of EDDC’s Community Hubs.
In a spirited display of support for their favorite teams, each participating Women’s World Cup squad was entered into the draw. Visitors to the Community Hubs eagerly drew their tickets, adding an extra layer of excitement to the tournament. In the end, Spain emerged victorious in the lucky draw, while England claimed the runner-up spot.
The winning ticket was plucked from the pot by 11-year-old Kasey, a devoted football enthusiast who calls Broadclyst home. Kasey, who plays for Central FC Under 13’s in Exeter, was understandably thrilled with Spain’s win. She expressed her excitement, saying, “I’m really excited to have won the football as I really like Jill Scott, but it’s a shame that England didn’t win.”
Dorothy Rider from Budlake clinched the runner-up prize – a signed practice football. She plans to gift this special football to her young granddaughter, ensuring the spirit of the game continues in the family.
Councillor Dan Ledger, Portfolio Holder of Sustainable Homes and Communities, commended the initiative, stating, “What a great prize that we were thrilled to offer to our Community Hub visitors. We are delighted that one of our younger visitors won the top football, maybe we will one day see her playing for England! This draw was part of our ongoing program of activities offered through the Community Hubs that I am very happy to support.”
The Community Hubs, which are accessible to all East Devon residents, offer a diverse range of activities and workshops, complemented by free lunches and refreshments. This event, in particular, brought the thrill of international women’s football closer to the hearts of the local community, celebrating both the sport and community spirit.