Footballers score a fundraising win
FOOTBALLERS in Bristol have raised £2,000 for children in Nicaragua.
The 26th annual Copa Sandino has taken place to raise much-needed funds for pre-school children's projects in Bristol's twin town of Puerto Morazan.
The money is earmarked for clean drinking water systems and latrine building for community pre-schools.
Organised by the Bristol Link with Nicaragua (BLINC), the event featured Latino food with Mexican beer and a DJ playing "rare Nica groove".
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Chileans battled it out with Spanish teams and Portuguese players for the honour to hold the Sandino Cup aloft.
Named after 1930s Nicaraguan hero Augusto Sandino, the trophy was won by the "Salmons" team from Bedminster.
Each of the 24 teams tried to win free beer in a Nicaraguan quiz between matches and learned that 80 per cent of the population in Nicaragua lives under £1.50p a day.
Pedro Lambert, goalkeeper for the BLINC squad, said: "This year's event has been a great success and has taken our fundraising past the £20,000 mark since we started the Copa Sandino way back in 1987. Players of all ages and abilities turned up including women's teams. And the referees certainly learned a few choice words to use when they go to Central America next time."
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