STAFF and families from Abbot’s Lea School have raised £1,200 towards its outdoor learning provision, after holding a charity football match against Everton in the Community.
The specialist Woolton-based school is raising money for the re-development of its outdoor space so that its students, all of whom have autism and associated learning needs, can utilise and enjoy new experiences outside of the classroom.
The game was held after school at Walton Hall Park and the team was made up of teachers, support staff and families of the students who attend Abbot’s Lea.
With support from Liverpool County FA, the high-energy event had plenty of spectators who bought tickets to watch the match, with all sales going towards the fundraising efforts.
Whilst the final score was not in the school’s favour, Mrs Ania Hildrey, the school’s Headteacher declared the initiative itself victorious.
Anthony McVerry, head of secondary department at Abbot’s Lea School, and Mr Ryan Mason, key stage three leader, organised the charity match.
Mr McVerry said: “We are determined to provide our students with the best education possible and this includes developing our outdoor provision. Additionally, we believe in true partnership with our students’ families and we always look at ways to include everyone in the life of the school.
“Mr Mason and I had the idea of holding a charity football match as it would give everyone the opportunity to get to know each other a little more, whilst also allowing us to strengthen our relationships with the students’ extended families.
“The team worked well and in the run up to the match it created a buzz around the school. I want to personally thank two of the parents for their support and drive in raising money for the school: Andy Townsend raised a staggering £500 and Ashley Bates – £300.”
The outdoor learning project requires investment of around £250,000.
For more information, visit: www.abbotsleaschool.co.uk