Our client Nick Blackman spent time in the Pinelands area of Barbados as he hosted a football tournament for the children of one of the most under-privileged areas of the island. Nick chose to hold his tournament in Barbados, as his father was born in Barbados and much of his wider family still lives on the island. Nick also wanted to honour Walter Tull in this, the 100th anniversary of Walter’s death.
Much like Nick, Walter’s father was born in Barbados and Walter went on to become Britain’s first black outfield footballer and he was also the first Black officer in the British Army before he sadly passed away fighting in the First World War.
This is Nick’s second charitable contribution to the island as last year he held his #NicksKitCollection in Pinelands, which saw the children of the area receiving hundreds of football shirts from all around the world. Professional players such as Yaya Toure and Nathaniel Chalobah donated their shirts to his campaign.
Refresh’s Leon Mann and Ashanti were both in Barbados to help deliver this event for Nick and to assist him with all media and PR requests.
The tournament went extremely well with the All-Star Academy beating the hosts, Pineland in 2-1 in the final. Nick and the Refresh team also had the privilege of being visited by the Minister for Education, Santia Bradshaw MP and Minister of Sport, John King MP during the tournament. It was a tournament played in the right spirit with lots of talent on display and the Refresh team were very happy with how it turned out and look forward to many more tournaments in the future!