If you’re lucky, every now and again you might meet someone whose energy, drive and commitment to try and make life better for others is a real inspiration, that person for me and luckily other MVF players in the South West and South Wales is is chap called ROGER SMITH.
Roger has a family of his own but helping fostering of children is not a problem for Roger and his wife, Roger has a busy demanding job as a manager of a shopping centre but helping setting up and running MVF leagues in Bridgwater, Yeovil, Weston Super Mare, Exeter and Cardiff wasn’t a problem, also pushing the MVF message on radio, local and national TV wasn’t a problem for Roger.
He has help hundreds of us fat blokes improve our lives and given countless children security and support when they most needed it but what was a problem for Roger was catching a virus which has resulted him developing CFS/ME, which has robbed him of all his energy and left him currently a shadow of his former self.
But Roger being Roger is still active behind the scenes, regularly posting on here and helps keep the south west leagues running smoothly, he won’t let CFS/ME beat him, he is determined to recover.
So when Cardiff MVF asked if we fancied a friendly 11 aside game, we saw it as a perfect opportunity to recognise all the hard work Roger has done and created the Roger Smith Charity Cup.
If the Bicester league hadn’t had to go on a stag do and postpone their intended game against Cardiff, this may have not ever happened, so congrats to the bride and groom, whoever you are!!!
The intention is for this cup final to happen at least twice a year, with the winning team choosing a charity to raise funds for and the winning team holding on the the trophy, oh yes, we are playing for a real cup, it’s amazing how more interesting a game gets when there is something shiny to play for!!!
We’ve asked Roger to nominate the first charity that we will be raising funds for and he has chosen Action for M.E.
If you’ve ever met Roger or played in one of the leagues he’s helped and feel like donating then the link to Just Giving page is…
Or maybe you could set up your own version of this cup?