Football: It is just the medicine for the GPs!

Image 5860 - Dr Arif Kazi is bottom row, 3rd from right

Image 5860 - Dr Arif Kazi is bottom row, 3rd from right

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A SOWERBY Bridge GP is in the British Medical Football Team competing in a World Cup next month.

Dr Arif Kazi, of Station Road Surgery - and tournament organiser - has recruited former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison, of Copley, and Premiership star Nicky Butt to coach the team.

Qualified medics from 12 teams across the globe will play in Manchester from July 23 to 30.

Previous tournaments have been held in Germany, Australia, Lithuania, South Korea and Austria.

Dr Kazi said: “Every year we select 20 to 25 doctors who, on the basis of commitment, engagement with charities, fitness and footballing ability are selected for the squad.

“Our main focus is to engage the public, particularly men, in healthy lifestyle choices and the prevention of illness.

“And, also to raise funds and sponsorship for our charity.”

The charity this year is the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and all players have given a 12-month commitment to promoting the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices for men.

Earlier this year the BMFT performed medical examinations on supporters during a football match at the Shay and gave out healthy lifestyles advice.

The tournament is part of a wider Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport which is taking place throughout the week in Manchester.

Hungary are the current champions and the BMFT last won the competition in 2009.

The final on July 30 will be held at the Manchester Regional Arena Stadium.

To support the team go to: justgiving.com website page at http://www.justgiving.com/BritishMedicalFootballTeam