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College rivalry: Staff vs Student football match ends with decisive victory

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Staff gave students a footballing lesson in a college charity match at Bishop Auckland FC’s Heritage Park.

The fundraising event has become a popular annual fixture for members of staff and students from Bishop Auckland College, but for the fifth year running it was again the staff who won.

After a competitive game played in great spirits, the college staff team won 9-3. They were helped by a brace from former Sunderland AFC player Adam Mitchell, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, who played in the Premier League until 2014 and is now a tutor in the Sports and Maths departments.

Among the students playing was 18-year-old Chloe Allan, from Barnard Castle, who in July flies out to North West Kansas Technical College in the United States, where she has secured a sports science and soccer scholarship.

More than £1,000 was raised by the match via sponsorship and gate receipts for County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity’s MRI Scanner Appeal. The appeal has a fundraising target of £2.5m to fund two scanners – one each for Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland Hospital – and is currently running at £680,000.

Pat Chambers, Charity Manager for CDDFT, said she was delighted with the amount raised: “The football match is such a great way for everyone to have some competitive fun and we are so pleased that Bishop Auckland College selected the MRI Scanner Appeal to support.

“We scan over 1,000 people every single day so this donation will impact on the lives of so many. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

The event was supported by staff and students from across the college, from manning turnstiles to entertaining younger supporters on the night. Children from Cockton Hill Infant School in Bishop Auckland acted as mascots, running out from the tunnel on to the pitch with the officials and teams at the beginning of the match.

Katy Dixon, Learning Area Manager for Sport, Uniformed Services and Maths, said: “I would like to thank Bishop Auckland FC, the team of match officials, the mascots from Cockton Hill Infant School, and all the players and supporters for making it such a successful evening for a great cause. The gauntlet has been once again laid for the students to try and get their own back at next year’s match!”

Anyone wishing to donate to the MRI Scanner Appeal should visit the JustGiving page at: justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cddft/mriscannersappeal

Staff team member Yannick Ayemou

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