A FOOTBALL tournament in aid of Oxford’s Children Hospital is calling for teams to help complete a hat-trick of successful events.

The Play2Give competition, held at Oxford City FC’s Court Place Farm ground, will be back for a third time this summer – and is looking for up to 36 teams to sign up.

The tournament is the creation of 20-year-old Andrew Baker, from Didcot.

The former St Birinus School pupil pledged to raise £20,000 for the children’s hospital two years ago after he had six years of treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital, including major surgery for a brain tumour.

So far he has collected £18,000 and is fast establishing Play2Give as a popular annual event. This year’s competition takes place on July 5.

Mr Baker said: “This year’s event is going to be much more than just a football tournament. It is going to be an amazing fun day for everyone to come along and get involved in.

“We are hoping lots of families around the county will come along and take part in the tournament or one of the many fun activities we’ve lined up.

“The best thing is that every penny will go to help the poorly youngsters at this incredible hospital, to support and make a huge difference to their lives while undergoing treatment for many serious illnesses.”

He added: “We have had a lot of interest, and quite a few teams have signed up. We’ve got a team of chefs from Pembroke College, and teams from BMW and Oxfordshire Fire Service.

Another team taking part are Yellow Eagles, from the Marston’s Oxford Sunday League.

Player manager Simon Hill said: “We are thrilled to be able to take part in this year’s event. Andrew’s dedication, energy and desire to raise as much as possible for a fantastic cause is an inspiration to all.

“This year’s event will be a lot of fun and I highly recommend everyone to get involved, whether it be through entering a team or making a much-needed donation.”

To find out more, email play2give@hotmail.com or visit spanglefish.com/play2givecharityfootball tairs@oxfordmail.co.uk