The day of the Charity Football Match arrived, sun shining and expectations high. We had ex professional footballers, Mister Maker, Peppa Pig and George from Medway Mascots, our young people and staff.
We had our young people (NCS, Youth Forum, Youth Contact) playing in green. Andy Hessenthaler (Gillingham FC legend), Jimmy Corbett (ex professional football player), Nicky Southall (ex professional football player), Andy Kearns (Swindon), Gregg Langton (Rainham Kennilworth Under 8’s), Phil (Mister Maker - Cbeebies), Scott Marchant (NCS), Ebun Faturoti (All Saints Community Project), Dan Mallia (Greenacre School), Steve Franklin (Greenacre School), David Sheepwash (Hempstead Valley Soccer School), Tim Hunt (Playfootball.net), Aaron Parr and MYT’s very own Steve Hutson, Chris Caruana, and Pierre Vasseur playing in orange. The ref, Paul Grant (Chairman of Rainham Kennilworth) tossed the coin and the match was off.
The match kicked off with the young people scoring first, followed by many more goals on both sides. The match was played end to end and was certainly not a one sided match. The final score was 10-5 to the orange team but this does not reflect the excellent effort shown by the green team who played right to the end. The green team was praised for their excellent sportsmanship and their conduct during the match and were each rewarded with a gold medal.
Off the pitch there was Peppa Pig and George available for the younger ones to have a cuddle or photo opportunity, a BBQ, amazing face painting by Pebbles Face Painters, an inflatable goal scoring game for spectators to try their skill at, as well raffle tickets to be purchased.
Cllr Pat Cooper who attended the event said: “It certainly was a brilliant day. Well done to everyone. I enjoyed it a lot. Winning two prizes on the raffle, and meeting ‘Mister Maker’ was a fantastic bonus.”
We raised £250 through entry fee and raffle.
The MYT Trustees Kris Morgan and Taliesin Coyne said: “The charity football match was very good as it benefitted MYT and the community – it is a testament to what young people can do when they come together.”
None of the above would have been possible without the time and effort that MYT staff and Volunteers have put in over the past few months and in particular the last few weeks.
We would also like to thank everyone who helped to make the match a success. A special thanks also goes to Kent Messenger, Sky High Radio and Kent Sports News for promoting the event, to everyone that gave away goodies for the raffle prizes including Elaine Harper from Forever Living Products. And finally a special thank you goes to 44 Two Sports and Social Club for hosting the event – without their support this event wouldn’t have been the success it was.
Bridgid Parr - Head of Skills & Employability (YES Medway)