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Powerchair tournament raises £3,000

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A powerchair football tournament raised more than £3,000 which will now help fund disability football sessions in Sussex.

The Julie Hodder Cup (JHC) takes place each year and is organised by Albion in the Community (AITC) and local businessman Steve Darby, who launched the tournament six years ago in memory of his sister.

AITC runs two powerchair teams, both of whom took part in this year’s tournament.

Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC, who last season came fifth in the top powerchair league in the country, once again clinched the JHC title, beating Brighton & Hove Seagulls in the final.

Former Albion star Guy Butters entered a team, which included fellow former Seagull Gary O’Reilly, while two teams of players from Chailey Heritage School, where Julie Hodder worked, also took part.

Squads from local businesses completed the line-up and the tournament, which was held at the University of Brighton, attracted an impressive crowd.

The money raised on the day will now be split between AITC and Chailey Heritage and help fund specialist equipment for local young people looking to play disability football.

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