Local charity Child Action Northwest set to score with new partnership for historical charity fundraiser

Following the roaring success of last year’s pilot Junior Orphanage Cup, Child Action Northwest are now going BIGGER and BETTER in 2023 by partnering up with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.

The weekend of the 10th and 11th June will see 4 tournaments commence at Witton Park consisting of potentially 128 youth football teams from across Lancashire and surrounding areas. The winning teams from each age group tournament, will play the following weekend on Saturday 17th June at AFC Darwen Anchor Ground prior to the prestigious Blackburn institution that is the Orphanage Cup 2023 Final.

Here the winning team will be presented with the ‘Trevor Booth Memorial Cup’, a treasured and significant piece of the Blackburn Orphanage history and CANWs present.

Trevor Booth was born in 1933 and came to what was then Blackburn Orphanage on the 16th November 1934 when he was just 18 months old. Trevor grew up in the Orphanage, with his brother, and left when he was 17 in 1950. Following this he then went on to have a successful career, raised a family and supported present day charity; Child Action Northwest over all those years.

Trevor remained in touch, shared memories, was involved in a TV programme about the charity archives a number of years ago, has supported CANW’s fostering campaigns, done countless radio interviews and organised the Orphanage cup for many, many years in his role as Vice President.

Having sadly passed away early December 2019; we commemorate his legacy and unwavering support with that of the ‘Trevor Booth Memorial Cup’, presenting it to the winning team of the Junior Orphanage Cup for many decades to come.

Gary Robinson, CEO of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust commented:

“We’re really grateful to Child Action Northwest for inviting us to work in partnership with them on the Junior Orphanage Cup this year. As a charity that works with hundreds of local young people, we recognise the difference that participating in sport can make, and we are excited to work alongside CANW to grow the reach and impact of the Junior Orphanage Cup locally this year, as well as raising vital funds for both charities.”

Jonathan Cobbold, Director of Business Development, Innovation & Growth of CANW commented:

“The Orphanage Cup offers businesses a fantastic team building opportunity, and it’s a brilliant way to engage with colleagues outside of work in a fun and competitive environment.

Businesses are also increasingly searching for a way in which they can directly support good causes within the communities most local to them – the Orphanage Cup gives local businesses the chance to score in both of these areas.”


Team registrations are limited to 2 per club; for the time being, with an entrance fee of £50 per team.

To enhance fundraising efforts for this year’s event all teams are being asked to get creative and challenged to raise as much money possible; prior to the final, to be in with a chance of winning some exciting ‘money can’t buy’ prizes. Awarded for the top 3 overall fundraising teams.

To register your youth team to partake in the tournament, sign up here: https://www.tournify.uk/live/junioroc or to learn more contact Antonia at antonia.dearden@brfctrust.co.uk

Business sponsorship for the event and each of the 4 tournaments is also available for any workplace looking to support this fundraising cause, please email Georgia at GMurphy@canw.org.uk to learn more.