TyneMet staff and students organised a football match to raise money for the Mark Taylor Fund a charity which supports Mark Taylor a former player at Whitley Bay FC who has Motor Neurones Disease.

Mark, who is still involved in teaching and learning at Kenton High School, was diagnosed with Motor Neurones Disease 5 years ago just months after Whitley Bay FC won the FA Vase at Wembley stadium.

The match, which raised £1,000, was organised by Sports students who were required to plan and deliver a sports event as part of their course work. Some of them were former students who had been taught by Mark when he was their PE Teacher.

The game which involved 22 students and 13 staff was played at Walker Activity Dome and refereed by the TyneMet students studying on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) at Complete Football - who were able to use this practical experience as evidence to complete their course unit of ‘Rules and Regulations’.

The final score was 15 goals to the staff team, which also included Andrew Hay, Mark’s best friend who is constantly raising money to support Mark and only 4 goals scored by the students.

Chris Wall, Sports Teacher, TyneMet College, said:

“I was absolutely delighted that the students managed to raise over £1,000, everyone who took part said that they enjoyed the game.

“The match was a huge success and the students organised and refereed the game in a very professional manner.

“I would like to thank everyone involved, I hope Mark enjoyed watching the game and that Andrew enjoyed being part of the winning team – I would also like to express my gratitude to the students for awarding me the title ‘Man of the Match’!”

Two days later Chris also took part in another charity football match organised by Andrew, between Whitley Bay All Stars and Deep Nightclub 11. An auction after the game, at 42nd Street in Whitley Bay raised £5,500 which means an amazing £6,500 was raised in total for the Mark Taylor fund.

For more information about Sport courses at TyneMet College, call and speak to student advisor on 0191 229 5000, email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk or visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/sport

To find out more about the Mark Taylor Fund go to www.marktaylorfund.com