On Sunday 9th June Retford Lions hosted their annual event for youth teams, sponsored within the Midlands and East by their local Lions clubs. Sadly two teams were unable to attend but there will still nine teams taking part of the day. Teams were sponsored by Glanford and Lindsey, Deeping, Retford, Barton and Louth Lions Clubs. In fact, Retford was well represented in this event with three teams sponsored; two by Retford Football Club and also Babworth Rovers.
The day was bright and warm, ideal for the keen competition and the games were well run so that all teams present enjoyed the day. The main trophy, the youth tournament cup was won by worthy winners, the Deepings Lions Club sponsored team ‘Deeping United’.
The standard of football played on the day was high and the competition firm. There were two trophies to be gained for this competition; a cup for the league winners and a shield for the knockout, generated from league. The team from Scotter, sponsored by Glanford and Lindsey Lions, won the shield after beating their own sister team in the semi-final, and then the Louth Lions sponsored youth team in the final. The ‘cup’ was won by Deeping who beat Barton in the League ‘cup final’. Winning teams were all presented with their trophies by Lions president Kath Bradley.
LIONS CHARTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The aforementioned football competition was one of the last at which outgoing club President Kath Bradley officiated, as on Sunday 30th June, Retford Lions held their annual charter anniversary lunch to celebrate the inauguration of the club. In all, over 60 Lions from many other clubs attended and enjoyed a very pleasant event with a meal at the Retford Best Western Hotel on North Road. At this event the outgoing President Kath Bradley handed over the reins by presenting a brand new chain of office to incoming president John Collins.
On Saturday 22nd June Retford Lions Club sponsored a full day of free diabetes screening at Retford Town Hall. Diabetes has become a growing worry for health professionals; with increasing numbers of overweight persons it is becoming a significant health risk in later life. The event was well attended, about 80 persons were successfully screened and tested over the day, bringing reassurance to all those tested.