On Saturday June 11, Team Fire went toe-to-toe with their emergency service partners Team Police at Balmoral Stadium, the home of Cove Rangers Football Club in Aberdeen. It’s the fourth year this match has taken place. This year the trophy went to Team Police who beat Team Fire 3-0.
But the real winners were the children and families from the Archie Foundation, the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. The Archie Foundation funds specialist staff, equipment, facilities and emergency grants to support patients and their families.
Team Fire’s fundraising efforts reached over £8,000 with the total fundraising from the match amounting to around £15,000.
Every footballer who played in the match had a designated mascot, who thoroughly enjoyed their day, and you can read more about Team Fire and their mascots.
Paula Cormack, CEO of The Archie Foundation, said: “It has been a fantastic turnout today with a full stadium and it is wonderful to see all of our mascots really enjoying the day. Full congratulations to team police on a hat trick now, and commiserations to team fire who played incredibly well and have done so well in their fundraising this year. We are so grateful to everyone who supported the event and we're really looking forward to 2023!”
Area Commander Chay Ewing - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray said: “It was a fantastic game to watch, really good to see interagency playing a game of football. There are no winners or losers here, at the end of the day it’s all for such an amazing cause - The Archie Foundation. Big well done to Team Police and we are glad the mascots have had a wonderful day.”
Team Fire Captain, SFRS Watch Commander Matthew Cowe, said: “To see everyone back again, in a full stadium is absolutely fantastic. Obviously, unfortunately, it didn’t go Team Fire’s way but as I said to the boys there are no losers here, we really hope all of the mascots had a wonderful day, as we certainly have. Congratulations to Team Police, they were the better team on the day. We look forward to bringing it back next year.”
Team Police Captain, Police Constable Ryan Rozanski said: “I have taken part in Battle of the Badges every year and it was great to see the number of people along to support this year. Thank you to Team Fire for being great opponents. We are delighted to have won the match today and we’d also like to give a big thank you to all of our great mascots.”
Divisional Commander for North East Police Division, Chief Superintendent Kate Stephen said: “Very well done to both teams for an excellent match and thank you to everyone involved. Thanks especially to all the mascots who clearly brought lots of encouragement and luck to team Police. Our Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) were also involved today and great to see them and PC Laura Fairbairn from our Dog Unit with PD Boris too. Congratulations Team Police and we look forward to the rematch.”