European

success spills over to Concord’s charity staff clash

Tuesday May 14, 2019

The scintillating success of British teams in Europe added to the eagerly anticipated clash between teaching staff and support staff at Concord last Wednesday. All 22 players plus substitutes were inspired and ‘fired up’ for the first-ever Academic/Pastoral staff and Support staff contest on Concord’s Hall Meadow, in aid of breast cancer charities. And true to what has been happening on the European scene, it was a similar story on the pitch at Concord – the teachers inspired to make a comeback from finding themselves behind, to narrowly beat the support staff 2-1. Goal scorers, Dr John Willetts and Dr Rob Pugh cancelled out Elliot Owen-Bowden’s strike for an exciting finish cheered on by enthusiastic supporters on the touchline. And so far £300 has been raised for breast cancer charities which has encouraged the organisers to make this an annual fixture and include other sports, such as netball and rounders, to give the male and female teaching and support staffs an opportunity to participate and fundraise for different charities each year. The idea of a charity football match originated from Mr Paul Simpson, Concord’s Domestic Services Manager. Mr Simpson coaches the Dun Cow Football Club, who play in Division 2 of the Shrewsbury and District Sunday League. He spoke to Concord’s Assistant Principal (Professional Development and Systems) Mr Daniel Wilson, who was equally enthusiastic. “Paul approached me to bring staff together for a good cause and there was overwhelming enthusiasm throughout the college,” said Mr Wilson. “The academic staff team comprised teachers of music, science, maths and other disciplines, whilst the younger support team included domestics, gardeners, dining room assistants and maintenance operatives. “It is a huge thanks to all the players who took part in what will hopefully become an annual fixture, as well as to Paul for initiating and helping to organise the charity fundraiser. “Thanks also to all those who have donated and so far raised over £300,” he added.