Stanley Grove Primary Academy held a charity auction at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium last week to help raise funds for a new sports facility at the Longsight school. The event, which brought together family and friends of the school from around Greater Manchester, raised over £3,500 towards the community-use project.
Items going under the auctioneers hammer included signed kit from England captain Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United teammates David De Gea and Bastian Schweinsteiger. As part of a long list of impressive sporting memorabilia, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle also donated a signed jacket from the England 2000 Youth Games. The night’s biggest prize, however, proved to be a VIP match day experience, organised by Manchester City, which raised £600.
All the proceeds from the event will go towards the development of a new state of the art 3G, artificial turf pitch for all-weather conditions. Outside of school use, it will be available seven days a week for community bookings and is viewed as a long-term asset for Longsight.
Speaking after the event, Phil Mellen, Executive Principal of Stanley Grove Primary Academy, said: “We were delighted with the turnout – it’s fantastic to see how much support there is for our school in the local area. The new pitch will offer the pupils a great facility that they can enjoy throughout their time at Stanley Grove and we’re sure it will prove a welcome addition to the community.”