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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-12-08

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Disabled children's charity launch 'Fantasy Football' competition

CAUDWELL Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is giving wannabe Premier League bosses the chance to experience the thrill of the dugout after creating its 1st ever private Fantasy Football League.  The competition, which sees participants selecting imaginary teams from the players currently playing in the Premier League, awards points according to the actual performance of their players. The statistics, supplied by OPTA, the world's leading live detailed sports data provider, allows each players performance to be scrutinised in forensic detail to establish the best players and teams throughout the season. "The Caudwell Children transfer window is now open. It's going to be a fabulous season and we're giving you the chance to spend an eye watering ₤100 million war chest to secure a squad of just 15 players. We're giving you the opportunity to make those big decisions. There's only 1 'Boss' and the buck stops with you! It's a results based business and the success or failure of your team will rest firmly in your hands!" said Andy Bailey from the charity.

Andy says that even if you can't tell your Keane from your Kane there is still the opportunity to get involved. As he explained:- "Like any top Premier League Manager you're going to have to do your homework. You need to find out what forward scored the most goals last season, who had the most assists, and who tracked back and made the most crunching defensive tackles. When you're picking a forward you'll have to use you research to inform you. Did Romelu Lukaku make more defensive headers than Harry Kane? It's not just about the goals it's about their overall play. If you're picking a defender or a goalkeeper it may be better to snap up a player who played in a side towards the bottom of the table. It's likely that they will have been busier than players in successful sides, therefore picking up more points. For example Tom Heaton, the Burnley goalkeeper, was the highest performing keeper last season, beating the likes Manchester United's David De Gea hands down."

It costs just ₤20 to enter a team into Caudwell Children's Fantasy Football League. The charity immediately receives ₤10 with the other ₤10 going into the prize pot.  Sign up and build your fantasy team online, but please remember that:- "You must be over 18 or over to play." Andy Bailey added:- "It's a win-win situation. The more teams that participate the more money is raised for Caudwell Children, and the more money for you to win."

By teaming up with up with the official Premier League Fantasy Football game, played by millions of armchair fans each season, those signing up for the 'Caudwell Children Fantasy Football League' will automatically be entered in to the main Fantasy Premier League, where prizes include VIP trips to top flight matches of your choice. With the new Premier League kicking off on Friday, 11 August, 2017, Andy says it's important to sign up now, commenting:- "The sooner you sign up the sooner you start to earn points. You don't want to let your rivals get a head start on you. And whether you're a potential Jose Mourinho, prowling an imaginary technical area, or a dapper Antonio Conte, throwing yourself into an imaginary Stamford Bridge crowd, we'd love you to share pictures of yourself, on social media, posing as your favourite manager, using #ImAFootyBoss for Caudwell Children."


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