Football Memorial for Usman
On Friday 2nd February, the Academy hosted a football festival in memory of one of our former students. Usman Mohammed, who left us in 2013, fought a brave battle against cancer but unfortunately passed away at the end of January.
Usman was a huge football fan and the Academy wanted to celebrate his life with a football festival that would be a small gesture towards honouring his memory.
In what was a fantastic showing of support, local primary schools (Saint Nathaniel’s Academy and Summerbank Primary School) as well as our sister academy in Manchester (Manchester Creative and Media Academy) all came to take part in the event, helping create a celebratory and respectful atmosphere.
Stoke City Football Club ran the football festival, organising the matches between the schools. Led by Callum and Isaac, the Stoke coaches played their part as all students and pupils taking part played with smiles on their faces - with co-operation the key principle.
Also playing a major part were Port Vale FC and Manchester Utd FC (Usman’s favourite team). Both clubs sent representatives to take part. Boomer (Port Vale mascot) made an early impact, interacting with everyone as the football got underway. He was soon joined by Man Utd’s mascot Fred the Red, who again made a great impact on those taking part.
Pottermuss made a late appearance asstudents rushed to have their photos taken with the Stoke City mascot.
Before his passing, Usman was raising money for clean working water wells in poorer countries. To continue his good work, the football festival was also a way of helping raise funds for the worthy cause. All three football clubs have kindly donated signed memorabilia which we are raffling off until Friday 16th February. (Tickets available at reception).
Head of Business Studies Mrs Cunningham said: “Usman was never without a smile, even though he always had health issues he just got on and made the most of every day . He was such a kind- hearted young man and was a pleasure to know and teach. Even though he left us a few years ago, he was still part of our community, like every former student is, and we hope through the football festival we not only raised awareness of Usman's illness but more importantly celebrated his life.”
Family and friends of Usman also attended the event, sharing their memories of Usman.
We would like to thank all of the schools who took part as well as the football clubs who have also shown great support in helping to celebrate the life of Usman. A very well-liked and respected student, Usman will be missed by all of the Academy and we hope the festival was a fitting tribute and a way to help celebrate and show our respect to Usman.