Category: Charity

Surrey Confirms Provisional Friendlies for May 2021

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce 2 friendlies have been provisionally arranged for May 2021 at Farnham Town FC and Merstham FC, which will kick off the Surrey men’s 6 fixture stong Summer plans.

Both fixtures remain subject to confirmation closer to the time, but are intended to include fan attendance with both online ticket sales and on the day tickets available, details of which will be announced at a later date. The game at Farnham Town will feature Surrey’s postponed charity match against a Hampshire XI side in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK, with money raised from the fixture being split 50/50 between the two charities and the match will stay sponsored by Farnborough based Milestone Transport Planning.

The second of the two fixtures announced today will see Surrey’s return to Merstham since our last game hosted at the east Surrey venue against the Chagos Islands. Exact details regarding opposition will be announced at a later date, and is intended to take place one week after the team’s charity game as Surrey prepares to host the Southern Frontier Cup soon after.

Details regarding the rescheduled Southern Frontier Cup, originally planned for May 2020, but now pushed back to 2021, are still being planned before any announcements can be made publicly. Additionally Surrey’s participation in the inaugural WUFA World Series is also being planned, with details being discussed but not in a position to be announced publicly.

Surrey’s women’s team that postponed its trial game amid the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK, had also announced last week it’ll be planning to host its first home debut at Merstham FC in 2021, details of which remain in the early stages with no confirmation regarding potential opposition.

2020/21 Surrey Fixture Update

Following our 2020 AGM we considered a number of fixtures for both our men and women’s team in 2020/21. We’re holding back on finalising dates until we know the relevant club fixtures to ensure no risk of conflict. However, we are happy to share some updates about what fans can begin to look forward to.

We currently only have 1 friendly planned in 2020 due to a likely congested club fixture list, we’ll be announcing details of our women’s trial game soon, once dates are confirmed, but a venue and likely opposition have been decided, subject to dates. The game will be held behind closed doors, even if there is a change in government/FA guidelines, this is to best prepare ourselves and ensure the safety and well being of everyone in our first game since December 2019.

We’re hoping our 2021 Surrey home friendlies will be open to spectators and will retain our existing price structure for both Surrey men and women’s games. Adult: £5, 65+/Student: £3 and U16: Free. Meanwhile our Southern Frontier Cup prices will also remain the same as they were for the original 2020 edition, however the Early bird discount deadlines will change, tickets will launch in August, exact date to be confirmed, and will remain available until the end of 2020, on January 1st 2021, the prices will change to general sale, so don’t miss out on getting your tickets early with up to 1/3 off.

All games open to spectators will be ticket only, and details of how you can purchase your tickets will be announced when details are confirmed. This is to both ensure we comply with any track and trace measures and limited capacity measures still in place for our games.

Our men’s team will play their long overdue friendly against a Hampshire Xi side in aid of St Catherines Hospice and Crohn’s and Colitis UK in May 2021, and will still be sponsored by Milestone Transport Planning.

We’ll also be aiming to announce new dates for the Southern Frontier Cup soon as well. Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire are automatically re-invited to the rescheduled tournament, but their places will be confirmed once new dates have been agreed

We’ll also be looking to confirm details for other fixtures, especially our women’s home debut soon as well, and potential opposition for this game is also being looked into.

Surrey teams up with Hope & Glory in support of CALM

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Hope + Glory Sportswear to release a limited edition Surrey blackout shirt in aid of the Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM) to raise awareness of mental health during this period of extended isolation from friends and loved ones that many people around the world are currently facing.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a leading charity for suicide prevention, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. CALM runs a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. They also support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).

To support CALM and the vital work they undertake during this difficult time for many around the world, we have teamed up with sportswear supplier Hope + Glory to produce a limited edition Surrey blackout shirt, highlighting that mental health, isn’t an easily visible problem for many.

The shirt will feature an embroidered ISF and Hope & Glory logos, but also include the CALM logo in a black vinyl print, which will allow the logo to hide on the front of the shirt and be difficult to see easily when looked at to reflect the reality of how easily missed signs may be that friends or loved could be facing mental health problems.

Shirts are available for just £40, with a portion of the revenue generated from sales be donated directly to CALM to support the work they’re undertaking, this is proving especially important at this time as CALM saw a 37% increase in daily calls within the first week of the UK lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19. The sale of each Surrey blackout shirt will in effect cover the cost of 1 potentially life-saving call for CALM.

50% of revenue generated from sales will be donated to CALM, equally an estimated 1 shirt sale covering the cost of 1 potentially life-saving phone call with CALM. The shirt is available for pre-order from today and will remain available until at least May 17th, with a possible extension. However, once the sale ends it will end forever and the shirt will not be available again for any 2nd production runs.

Fans interested in purchasing one of these shirts can head over to the Hope + Glory Website to pre-order their very own Surrey black-out shirt from today and support the work done by CALM here: https://store.hopeandglorysportswear.co.uk/product/intsurrey-x-calm-black-out