University of Portsmouth students take on their lecturers at Fratton Park
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University of Portsmouth students will square up against their lecturers at Fratton Park this evening.
The teams will face each other at Portsmouth FC’s 21,100 seater stadium in aid of brain tumour research and independent charitable trust, Pompey in the Community.
The staff team will hope to repeat their heroics of last year when they defeated the students 3-1 at the League One stadium.
Both teams have helped raise more than £10,000 so far, beating last year’s figure of £7,554.
The University hosts one of four UK Centres of Excellence funded by Brain Tumour Research whilst Pompey in the Community are an independent charitable trust affiliated to Portsmouth Football Club, which delivers educational programmes to over 8,000 people a year.
Jackson Davies, from University of Portsmouth Global, told AboutMyArea.co.uk: “I'm really pleased to be a part of the staff team this year, as it raises funds for two fantastic causes.
“Sadly, I lost my dad to cancer in March 2017, so it was very important to me to be able to do something to help fund cancer research in key areas, especially while doing something to test my footballing skills.
“I remember going to watch the match last year, and being impressed with the atmosphere of the day, so I was really keen to be part of it this year.
“The training has been intense, with regular fitness sessions and friendlies against good opponents - we're not taking anything for granted, and we really want to give a good performance against a strong student team.”
Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research, Tim Green also told the website: “We are extremely grateful to the University of Portsmouth for its donation and want to thank everyone who has helped to fundraise for this important cause.
“The money that staff and students have raised will go towards our network of dedicated Centres of Excellence, including the one here at University of Portsmouth where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.”
Tickets are £5 per person, but free for children aged 16 and under. Stadium tours and raffle prize are also available on the day with kick-off at 7pm.
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