Slideshow: Charity football tournament in memory of Ilkeston man raised £2,397

A teenager who organised a charity football tournament in memory of his late father said he thinks his dad would have been immensely proud.

Harley Trower, 17, said the tournament, held at Kirk Hallam in memory of Ilkeston plumber Frank Trower, was an amazing day which raised around £2,397.

Semi retired united v Bentekers.

Semi retired united v Bentekers.

He said: “The turnout was amazing for something a 17-year-old had planned. Around 400 people turned up, there were 220 players and everyone brought their wives, girlfriends and kids.

“We are going to do it annually.”

The winning team was Generic FC. They were presented with a trophy and all won membership to Platinum gym. There was also a prize for the top scorer, who received a voucher fro Deakin and White hairdressers.

Harley and his brother Luke were part of team Trowers For Showers, which was the name of their dad’s plumbing business.

Fund raisers and organisers.'Darren Parker, Ross Parker, Luke Trower, Harley Trower, Jordan Trower, Tracey Parker.

Fund raisers and organisers.'Darren Parker, Ross Parker, Luke Trower, Harley Trower, Jordan Trower, Tracey Parker.

Harley added: “I think he would have been immensely proud to see me do it all by myself and arrange all the fixtures.”

The tournament raised money for Ilkeston charity Ben’s Den and the Pancreatic Cancer charity. Frank died from pancreatic cancer.

The event was organised with the help of a number of local companies.

Harley said: “I would like to thank Dawson Design, Morley Printers, Deakin and White and Platinum gym. Also Wizard Trophies in Heanor, and Munch Box which donated 20 per cent of its taking on the day.”

He also thanked Charlie Smith, Ben Smith and Gareth Skinner, who refereed.