Charity Football Match – Norfolk’s MPs & Associates vs The Norfolk Emergency Services

Norfolk’s MPs & Associates vs The Norfolk Emergency Services
Sunday March 9th, 10.30am Kick Off
Wellesley Road, Great Yarmouth, 
NR30 1EF

On the night of the 6th of December 2013 Norfolk was battered by severe weather and a tidal surge. A number of costal communities were particularly badly hit with the estimated repair bill running to millions of pounds. On that night, Norfolk’s Emergency Services, Coastguard network and volunteers responded magnificently to keep us safe.

Sadly, many people saw their possessions washed away. Villages such as Hemsby and Walcott sustained significant damage and the essential sea defences suffered. Now Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis and Broadcaster Nick Conrad are teaming up to raise money for those who have suffered.

On Sunday March 9th, Nick Conrad and I are cobbling together a football team to do battle with the ‘fit lads’ of the Norfolk Emergency Services football team! Local businesses are encouraged to take part by sponsoring a metre square of the Great Yarmouth Wellesley Football pitch by making a donation.

“We wanted to highlight the magnificent work of the Emergency services. At the same time we’re mindful of our need to re-invest in our defences and help our most vulnerable coastal communities.” says Nick Conrad. The BBC broadcaster is encouraging sponsorship from commercial partners and Norfolk businesses “Brandon and I will put our bodies on the line with a few crunch tackles, I’m hoping that the very generous businesses that operate here will support us. I’ve also heard a few Premier League scouts will be present as Keith Simpson MP is said to have a left foot like Messi!”.

I have written to Members of Parliament calling on them to dust off their boots and come along and play at the fantastic ground at Great Yarmouth Town FC.  Politicians are known for many things, but athleticism is not on that list.  This is a chance for colleagues to remedy that.

I was proud to see the extent our communities worked together during the tidal surge, from our emergency services and military and media helping people to volunteers supporting evacuation staff in Great Yarmouth to the teams in our schools and rest centres who worked so hard.  This match is an opportunity to pull together to raise money for an important cause, while watching our brave emergency servicemen and women give some politicians the run-around!

Nick and I will co-captain the political team. The opponents are made up of Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Police and Ambulance personnel who worked on the front line.

Local brewery Lacons will sponsor the football match. Trevor Hourican from the company says . “Lacons Ales has a rich heritage and association with Great Yarmouth dating back to 1760 and are very proud to be supporting this charity football match. Lacons was an integral part of local community for over 200 years and following our return to Yarmouth to brew once again in 2013 we look forward to becoming part of the fabric of this great town once again.”

Our media partner for the event is The Eastern Daily Press newspaper. The Prime Minister applauded the paper for its ability to quickly and accurately share information. The EDP has now set up a fund to help stricken communities. The newspaper’s editor, Nigel Pickover says “This is an appeal which touched the people of Norfolk and Suffolk in particular but also many across the country. We are thrilled it has now broken through the £200,000 barrier in just eight weeks with a large chunk of it already with the scores of victims who suffered so much.”

Members of the public are encouraged to come and watch the match (no admission fee). A bucket collection will be made with all proceeds going to the EDP Flood Appeal. 


Brandon Lewis MP
Nick Conrad