Foundation kicks off its charity events for 2015

Ross Smith, 27, from Shelf who died of cancer aged 27 pictured in action for Belmont Abbey College in the USA
Ross Smith, 27, from Shelf who died of cancer aged 27 pictured in action for Belmont Abbey College in the USA

The Ross Smith Foundation will be holding its first charity event of 2015.

A charity game in memory of the 27-year-old will take place on Sunday at noon involving former junior team mates from Clifton Rangers and Brighouse Juniors

Organisers have also put together a mini tournament for local under eights teams’ starting at 9.30am. It will be held at Brighouse Juniors Football Club, Broad Oak Park, Hove Edge.

This year’s event is being supported by the Dusty Miller pub, which is arranging a variety of entertainment after the match such as a food van, bouncy castle, live music and other family entertainment on the day.

Funds raised will be used to support local young adults with cancer, and their families.

The charity stands as a tribute to Ross’ positive attitude towards life and his love of sport. He died in February 2014 after a nine-month battle against cancer.

Ross played for Huddersfield Town Academy, Halifax Town Academy, Brighouse Juniors, Bradford Park Avenue, Shelf United, and Brighouse Town.

He then progressed to Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina for four years from 2009, where he spent much of his time playing football and representing the college as captain of the senior team.