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Successful charity event at Eccleshall

Wed 5th October 2016 | Eccleshall
By Ian Templeman

Eccleshall recently staged a successful event for a charity that provides support to young adults with learning difficulties.

The club hosted a football match on behalf of Club 101, a group run by a committee of students involved at Trinity Skills for Life, an organisation based in Stone that operates as a training provider for young people in the area with learning disabilities.

The first of what it is hoped will become an annual match involving students and staff from Trinity Skills for Life ended in a landslide 7–3 victory for the students after recovering from 2 goals down, in a match refereed by Geoff Banwell, a former Football League match official.

The staff were 3–1 up with 20 minutes to go, but as they began to tire and the students introduced 1 or 2 new players on to the pitch, the goals started to fly in.

Eccleshall committee member Richard Marsh said: “The staff, students and enthusiastic crowd of supporters all voted the match a huge success.

“Trinity Skills were very grateful for use of the facilities, especially with them being lucky enough to play on an evening of almost perfect pitch and weather conditions.

“Special thanks go to Geoff Banwell who did a great job refereeing the game with just the right balance of discipline and humour, and Bill Grinham and Bob Lloyd from Eccleshall FC for all their help on the evening.

“Some money was raised on the night for the charity, but the experience for the students was what mattered most, and it is hoped we will be able to hold the event annually”.

Members of the staff team are pictured below.