Footballers take to field in memory of tragic Steve

THE ANNUAL Steve Bernard Foundation charity match takes place this evening (Friday) at Chichester City (7pm kick-off).

Steve was a Chichester student who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2005 and his family set up the charity foundation as a lasting legacy.

The first half of the match will see the University of Chichester men’s first team - who play in the BUCS National University premier south division - playing against University of Chichester legends, including a number of Sussex League players.

These include Danny Potter, Ant Ender, Julian Boniface, Peter Hibbert and Dan Hegerty of Chichester City, Calum Britton of Selsey and Lee Bradshaw of Pagham.

In the second half, the University of Chichester men’s football club committee take on the legends.

Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for students with valid ID and £1 for under-16.

There will be a prize draw and half-time entertainment from the Chichester Cheetahs, the University of Chichester cheerleading team.

Tom Chaplin, University of Chichester men’s football club president, said: “Last year saw the University of Chichester FC (WSIHE) hold the first Steve Bernard memorial match, which was fantastically supported.

“This year we’re delighted to support the charity again and play in memory of Steve. It is a huge honour and a privilege to support the foundation once again and this is something the club hope to do indefinitely.

“We are delighted to have Tony Bernard, the father of Steve, and his family present again for the match. Jacques Bernard, Steve’s brother, will play for the student team.

“The foundation is run by volunteers has offered financial support to more than 150 sporting projects. We hope to raise as much money as possible again this year to help the foundation in its excellent work.”

Tony Bernard, director of the Steve Bernard Foundation, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be invited again to witness the now-annual clash of the past and present alumni of the WSIHE football teams in memory of my son Stevie.

“A big thank-you must go to the players and officials and Chichester City for allowing us to use their facilities and to the guys who have made this event possible.”