Stonewater five-a-side semi-finalists help raise £2,750 for St Nick charity

A talented team of Stonewater footballers has narrowly missed out on the cup final at a charity five-a-side tournament in Bristol which raised £2,750 for ASK St Nicholas, a specialist after school club for children with learning difficulties.

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The Stonewater team

Organised by housebuilder Redrow Homes South West, the annual fund-raising event saw around 20 regional football teams from the housing industry compete at The Goals Soccer Centre, in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The Stonewater team captained by Regional Development Manager Matt Crucefix, made it all the way through to the semi-final where they played Reed Recruitment. The match came down to a nail-biting penalty shootout which unfortunately Stonewater lost 4-2.

“It's the second time the group took part in the event, our first as Stonewater, and even if we do say so ourselves, we did pretty well – thanks to the support of our Bristol office who came to cheer us on equipped with oranges, water and banners,” said Matt. “The group stage saw us face some tough and well-fancied teams from across the development world in the South West of England. A smash-and-grab quarter final got us into the semis where we faced Reed Recruitment and despite several chances for both teams the game ended nil-nil so we ended-up in a penalty shoot-out.”

St Nicholas is a purpose-built specialist school for children and young people, aged four to 19, who have severe, complex or profound and multiple learning disabilities. It currently has around 80 students. The aim of the school is to give its pupils the same opportunities as other children. The after school club enables them to mix socially with their friends and also gives parents and carers extra respite.

“We are very pleased that the money we helped raise will allow for more staff to be involved with helping and aiding the children at the afterschool club,” said Matt. “The club provides a much-needed meeting venue for these youngsters and the people who care for them.”