14:15 Monday 09 December 2013

Footy cup boosts scouts

Written byROB SMYTH

YOUNGSTERS beamed with delight after becoming the latest beneficiaries of funds raised through an historic Burton football cup.

Terry Critchley, chairman of the 16th Stapenhill Scouts, revealed that money from the latest Bass Charity Vase competition had helped the group pay for new hike tents.

Hundreds of good causes in and around the town have benefited from donations from the charity since the competition was founded in 1889.

It was even revealed that during one year so much money was raised that £25,000 was handed out to charities in Burton.

Mr Critchley told the Mail: “As part of its annual distribution to local groups the Bass Charity Vase has made a donation of hike tents to a local scout group.

“The new tents will allow the scouts, cubs and beavers to continue with the traditional range of scouting activities offered by the group.

“The 16th Burton (Stapenhill) Scout group is one that is very successful in its operation of three separate sections for beavers, cubs and scouts.

“It is an organisation that is open to all and which operates The Balanced Programme as prescribed by The Scout Association.

“The last few years have seen good growth in numbers with 15 beavers, 23 cubs and 28 scouts in regular attendance.”

The group has been boosted by cash following the recent Bass Charity Vase competition.

The current holders are Burton Albion, who beat Derby County to lift the famous Rose Bowl trophy earlier this year.

The Bass Charity Vase was founded in Burton in 1889 as a football competition to be competed for annually by major teams, particularly football league clubs including Aston Villa, Leicester City and Nottingham Forest.

The proceeds from the games is handed out to charities.

In 1989, the competition celebrated its centenary, when, with extra efforts and additional events, more than £25,000 was donated.

Since then, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised to help out a range of good causes.

It is not uncommon for £10,000 to be raised each year as a result of the football event.

The competition operates under the guidance of a dedicated committee supported by a range of vice-presidents and patrons.

The Bass Charity Vase committee will hold its full presentation night on Friday at Marston’s Club.

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