Tournament to raise funds for Rovers player

A CHARITY football tournament will raise funds for Bristol Rovers player Nick Anderton.

The NA16 Cup event at Mangotsfield United’s Cossham Street ground will see a side representing Mangotsfield compete for glory with three teams made up of influencers from social media platforms such as TikTok, Twitch and YouTube.

Left back Anderton, who played a key role in Rovers’ successful 2021-22 season promotion campaign, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, last July and had to retire from the sport in April this year after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.

A fundraising campaign to support Nick and his family was launched by Rovers staff and supporters.

The NA16 Cup, named after Nick’s initials and squad number, is the idea of Jake Milsom, 16, a Rovers fan from Emersons Green who has been working for the club having just finished his GCSEs at Downend School, and his cousin Reece Flook, 21, from Kingswood.

Jake said: “I don’t know Nick that well but he’s part of the club and the Rovers family – every penny we make will be going to Nick and his young family.”

The event will take place on July 27 between 11am and 4pm, with more details and tickets available via the website