The staff at Moulsford Prep School thoroughly enjoyed hosting the newly-formed Grenfell Athletic Football Club on Sunday 10th September, for their first warm up friendly match before starting in the leagues for the first time next week. A memorable match was played, with plans afoot to make it an annual fixture at Moulsford.
Grenfell AFC has been formed with the help of The Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), which is a charity whose offices are based near the foot of the Grenfell Tower, which was so tragically engulfed by flames on 14th June 2017. The team’s formation is a long-term project for this West London community, using the facilities and resources of the RPT. Its aim is to support survivors from Grenfell as well as RPT helpers in a positive way, promoting a healthy lifestyle and offering an opportunity for players to socialise and have a change of scene from the local area for Away matches. Moulsford was delighted to provide that first Away match venue, and to welcome all the players to its Thames-side pitches.
For this inaugural match at Moulsford, each team had around 14 players, to allow for substitutions and to try out different formations. There was a wonderful turn out from the Moulsford staff, including Headmaster Ben Beardmore-Gray who took up the referee’s whistle. A fabulous team effort from non-playing staff ensured that a delicious barbecue was enjoyed by all after the match. Grenfell went away deserved winners, with the match finishing 5 goals to 2.
Moulsford wishes Grenfell AFC all the very best of luck with their league starting on 17th September and look forward to following their success, as well as a re-match next year!
The Rugby Portobello Trust’s aim is to help local young people to build their community by providing facilities, skills, activities and guidance that promote a stable society in a deprived area. From Day One of the Grenfell disaster, it has been providing a safe space for those affected.