Charity match in honour of St Ives former manager

Staff from Luminus and Huntingdonshire District Council will be going head-to-head on the football pitch on Sunday to raise money for St Ives Rangers Ability Counts team.

The match, which includes an under 14s match, a men’s match and a mixed five-a-side game, was set up in 2007 in memory of former Luminus and HDC worker Mark Rebane.

Mark was manager of St Ives Rangers and worked closely with its Ability Counts team, which provides football for youngsters and adults with disabilities.

Mark’s son Sam, 17, and daughter Georgie, 14, continue to play for the club and will be taking part in the day.

There will be as well as off-pitch entertainment including a raffle, barbeque, ice creams and games. Luminus Group chief executive,

Chan Abraham said: “Our annual football match is a great way for two of the most significant organisations in Huntingdonshire to come together and celebrate our partnership.

“The game is an opportunity to express our mutual respect through some friendly rivalry on the pitch, where it really is the playing rather than the winning that counts.”

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Luminus is hoping to retain the Mark Rebane Shield for 2011, after narrowly claiming the title last year in a nail biting penalty shoot out.

INFORMATION: The Mark Rebane memorial match will take place at St Ives Rangers football ground in Westfield Road from midday.

nPictured from left to right are Luminus employees Lorraine Wallis, Jo Ruddy, Matthew Hodgson and Joe Cooke.