The charities

The Varsity series has been contested for several years and is always played in good spirits, with a friendly rivalry both on and off the pitch. It has always been a showcase of talent, and has recently added the incentive of being a charity-focused event.

The total raised for the chosen charity has risen every year. In 2010, Cardiac Risk in the Young received more than £14,500, which in turn was topped by the 2011 total of over £16,000 for the Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children.

This year's chosen charity is the Notts County Football in the Community project, which delivers a range of innovative programmes that make a positive difference to people in Nottingham, raising aspirations and supporting some of the most disadvantaged, marginalised and talented people across the city. They use the power of football and the profile of the world’s oldest football league club, Notts County FC, to provide direction and support to those who need it the most.

The charities

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