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Sheppey College students repair football club facilities

As part of their Community Week activities, Sheppey College students worked hard to refresh facilities at a football club.

Staff discussed with Sheppey United Football Club how they could help to spruce it up, with learners on the Multi-trade and Landscaping courses enlisted to get involved.

Over two days, floors were resealed, retiling was completed and the youth pitch dugouts were fully restored.

In all, around 60 students took part in the SUFC project.

Christopher Leonida filled in minor dents on the clubhouse walls

Construction lecturer Aaron Gray, who coaches the team’s U12 side in his spare time, was instrumental in getting the idea off the ground.

He said: “We identified issues that would take the one caretaker far too long to do by himself, so to go mob-handed and help out was excellent and proved a great experience for the students.

“After finishing for the day, we got to go out onto the 4G pitches for a kick-about.

“Some of the students lack a bit of confidence, and during the kick-about people who don’t normally say a word to anyone were laughing and joking with big smiles on there faces. It was a really special thing to see.”

Mr Gray also believes the community outreach project has “built a bridge” between the club and the College, inspiring a greater ongoing partnership between the two.

He added: “Thank you so much to the students – you all gave it 100% and your behaviour and attitude was fantastic at all times!”

Freddie Mills and Vinnie Bryan work together to remove damaged tiles and replace them

Gary Seamark, Sheppey United FC chairman, later wrote to Mr Gray saying: “I just wanted to send a message of thanks to you and your students from the Multi-trade and landscaping course at the Sheppey College for their great efforts carrying out some key tasks at Sheppey United FC recently.

“Each and every one of them was a pleasure to meet and produced some great work which has helped the place looks fresh and tidy again. 

“As a club that is from the community, for the community, it was great to have the College involved at their local club and we would be more than happy to help in future.

“Again a huge thank you to all of you.”

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