Pompey players turn up to cheer on pupils at silly sports day

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IT WAS no ordinary school sports day.

As well as having unusual events, two of Pompey’s most popular players turned up.

Pupils at Bourne Community College, in Southbourne, near Emsworth, gave teachers the day off as they organised an alternative silly sports day in aid of the Portsmouth Lip Reading Group.

They were inspired to support the charity after former Portsmouth Football Club goalkeeper Alan Knight made a presentation about it to the school.

Year 10 pupil Tegan Ramsay organised the day.

She said: ‘We were really inspired by Alan and wanted to support the group because they were in danger of not being able to continue without financial support.

‘We’ve spent the last six months organising the day.

‘We’ve planned it, done everything behind the scenes and run everything on the day.

‘It’s been a brilliant experience and I think everyone has had lots of fun.’

The usual sporting events such as 400 metres and javelin gave way to space hopper relays, three-legged races, limbo and flip-flop throwing competitions.

Pupil Minnie Wilkins, 13, said: ‘It’s been brilliant.

‘Although it’s not a real competition and it’s supposed to be for fun it still got a bit competitive.

‘It’s one of the best school days of the year and really well organised.’

Pompey captain Johnny Ertl was joined by 18-year-old winger Bradley Tarbuck, a former pupil at the school.

They were there to represent Alan Knight on behalf of Pompey.

They gave out a signed Pompey shirt to one lucky pupil.

Bradley said: ‘It feels weird and good to be back here.

‘It’s changed a lot since the last time I came here.

‘I have a lot of good memories of Bourne and I’m proud to be here representing the club at my old school.’

Johnny was impressed by the sportsmanship shown by the pupils.

He said: ‘It’s fantastic to see so many students here for such a great cause.’




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