COVENTRY City manager Steven Pressley turned referee to help raise funds for the club’s nominated charity.
Local firms Deeley Construction and Travis Perkins staged a football match at North Leamington School helping to raise money for the Grade Research Fund.
The charity, which funds research to improve the health and wellbeing of premature babies and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire, has had its logo on the front of the Sky Blues shirts throughout the season and held a special fund-raising event at City’s last game of the season.
Pressley, who lives in Leamington, came along to watch the Deeley and Travis Perkins in action and blew the first whistle to get the game underway.
He said: “We have been associated with Grace Research Fund throughout the season and it has been great to help out a local charity which undertakes such valuable work.
“The two teams played the game in what only can be described as atrocious conditions, it was just a constant downpour but they battled on. I am not sure Sky Blue Sam has dried out yet!
“Local charities depend on events and fund-raisers like this, so I was more than happy to get proceedings under way.”
The game was organised by Edward Hudson, business development co-ordinator at Deeley Construction, who hope to raise
£750 from the game for Grace Research Fund.