Pupils give Stanbridge Old Boys a run for their (charity) money

Published on: 30 Jun 2014

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PAST and present members of a Downend school football team fought it out to raise thousands for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Stanbridge Primary School teacher and team coach James Baker was inspired to raise money for the cause by his wife, who has recently raised money for several cancer charities. 

The whole school was involved, with pupils paying £1 for the chance to wear their football kits for the day.

Players from Bristol City and Bristol Rovers community trusts and the South Gloucestershire football development team also came to the school to coach the children and help improve their skills.

At lunchtime a sponsored jog took place, which involved more than 80 youngsters and 20 members of staff who ran between one and two miles around the school field.

In the evening a special match was held between current Stanbridge players and an Old Boys scratch team – consisting of players who attended the school from the 60s right up to 2013.

Nearly 300 spectators attended the good-natured match, which included a barbecue and music, and ended in defeat for the current first team, the final score being 5-2 to the Old Boys.  

Phil Dury, a member of the all-conquering 1962/63 team, said: “The Old Boys really enjoyed a tour of the school and the match itself.  It was great meeting and playing with all of my old pals again.”

Mr Baker said he was delighted the day had gone so well: “The entire day was fantastic.  The evening event had a real community feel to it. Councillor - and former Stanbridge deputy headteacher - Jane Allinson managed the Old Boys and former professional football star Trevor Challis, refereed the charity match.  Most pleasing of all is the fact that all the information we had about prostate cancer was given to the adult males who attended in order to raise awareness, and ultimately prevention, of this terrible disease.”

The final total is still being tallied but it is estimated that between £1,000-£2,000 has been raised.

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