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Late goal rush in Students v Staff football match nets £13,000 for charities

Staff and students battled for victory on Friday at the home of Portsmouth Football Club during a charity football match to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and Pompey in the Community.

The staff team were unable to claim another win this year, with the student team celebrating a 4-0 victory by the end of a hard-fought match at Fratton Park.  

Elliot Evans, who captained the student team, said: “What a special opportunity and experience Friday night was playing at Fratton Park. To lead the student team to a 4-0 win with everyone’s friends and family watching will be something I won’t ever forget. Thanks to everyone that supported the event and made it what it was. A pleasure to take part in it!”

The players on both teams and online ticket sales have raised nearly £13,000 for the two charities, with even more to come from collection buckets and raffle tickets.

Captain of the staff team, James Quinn said: “I am so proud to have been a part of a fantastic team in raising so much for Brain Tumour Research and Pompey in the Community. The amount we have all collectively raised has been amazing and is something we should all be very proud of.

“In terms of the game it will be something I will never forget. I am a Pompey fan and to lead the team as captain at Fratton Park was unbelievable, especially in front of my family and friends. It was a tough game and the students deserved the win but we were in it right up until the last twenty minutes when we conceded that first goal and then it sort of drifted away from us from then. However, it is an amazing occasion and one I hope continues every year. It shows how the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club can work together so well and do so much for charity. Bring on next year!”

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.

The University hosts one of four UK Centres of Excellence funded by Brain Tumour Research. The disease kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet has received just 1% of the national spend on cancer research over the last decade.

The money raised for Brain Tumour Research will go towards the network of dedicated Centre of Excellence, including the one at the University of Portsmouth, where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and ultimately finding a cure for brain tumours.

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