A Non League football team in Buckinghamshire took part in a 24-hour match to raise money for a national charity.

Risborough Rangers, which is based in the village of Horsenden, organised the all-day game on Friday, November 17 in aid of BBC Children in Need, where they managed to accumulate £7,000 for the cause.

Taking place at the Community Sports Centre at Princes Risborough School, the ‘Riz Footy-thon’ saw members from Risborough Rangers’ boys, girls, men and ladies squads take part, from the under six’s to walking football squad.

And with the event being open to the public, former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was spotted in attendance.

Bucks Free Press: Many people, both young and old, took part in the 24-hour matchMany people, both young and old, took part in the 24-hour match (Image: Risborough Rangers)

The 61-year-old, who also managed the England U21s, as well as Nottingham Forest (the club where he spent most of his playing career), is the ambassador of Pitching In – an initiative to help promote Non League clubs.

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Michael Cattle, Chairman of Risborough Rangers Juniors FC said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event to be part of and very proud of all at our Club for coming together and getting involved to help raise funds for Children in Need.”

England football legend, Stuart Pearce, was on hand to watch the event and congratulated all who took part in the Riz Footy-thon.

The ex-England manager said: “As a life-long ambassador for grassroots football, I heartily congratulate  Risborough Rangers on their tremendous effort in raising  money for this exceptionally good cause.” 

Bucks Free Press: Everyone enjoyed themselves during the fundraiser (Risborough Rangers)Everyone enjoyed themselves during the fundraiser (Risborough Rangers) (Image: Risborough Rangers)

Active in the Community, which is also based in Risborough, played a huge role in getting the fundraiser organised. 

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 Their founder and director, James Cavalier added:  "We are honoured to be involved in the Riz Footy-thon.

“The work of Risborough Rangers F.C. within the local community is so vital in helping people to be active, and to be able to support this event through hosting the event at one of our School facilities was perfect.

Bucks Free Press: The England legend signs an autograph for a young fan (Risborough Rangers)The England legend signs an autograph for a young fan (Risborough Rangers) (Image: Risborough Rangers)

“This major charity fundraiser has been a tremendous success and it is due to become an annual event in the Risborough Rangers football calendar.”