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Alumni return for a rematch – 20 years later!

Posted by. Leeds Trinity University
Posted on 10 May 2017

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​On Saturday 6 May, alumnus Angus Martin organised a reunion 11-a-side football match between former players who attended Leeds Trinity in the 1990s.

Donning the latest Leeds Trinity kits on loan from the current Men's Football Team, the players dusted off their boots and made the way to the AstroTurf pitch; a facility that wasn't there when they represented the team some twenty years ago.

There was a lot of banter before the match started, particularly between the opposing players in goal. At one end was Sky Sports News' Vinny O'Connor and at the other was local Deputy Head Teacher and former Students' Union Vice President Jamie Chapman.  Also taking the field was former Students' Union President Simon Gallagher.

 "It was great to get some of the guys together again after what is almost 20 years for most of us," said Angus, who studied Sport, Health and Leisure with Media and graduated in 1998.

"We all loved our time at TASC and football was a big part of that. Thanks to Brett and everyone at the University for their support and warm welcome; it was noticed and much appreciated.'

Angus's team eventually won 5-3 in a closely fought match – and Vinny was no doubt relieved there was nobody from his work to interview him after the game about his own goal! The match was refereed by incoming Students' Union President Charles Isherwood. 

Brett Arnall, Alumni Officer at Leeds Trinity University, was on hand to welcome everyone back to campus – and ended up taking part as they were a player short! He said:

"I guess it was a way of networking on the day that I hadn't prepared for! But it was really enjoyable and all the lads were fantastic. It's always great to see alumni returning to campus, having a great time and being reunited. The level of support offered to the University by those taking part after the match was incredible and as an institution we are extremely grateful and proud to involve our alumni."

Since graduating from TASC, Angus has forged a very successful career in sport and works with many top clubs and sports charities through his business, The Name of the Game Ltd. He supports charities to develop new partnerships and find funding to deliver their work around sports participation, social inclusion, community cohesion, health and education.

Following the match, players gave donations to support the newly established Inspiring Futures Programme – a fund to financially support students who compete in sport alongside their studies, want to start their own business or study abroad.