On Tuesday 28th February, Ms Sandra Connelly, wife of the late John Connelly who was a member of the 1966 England World cup winning squad, presented a cheque for £1,966 to Bowland PE department at a special assembly led by Anthony Keefe, Assistant Headteacher and curriculum leader for P.E. at Bowland. Mrs Connelly spoke at the Assembly and brought with her one of John’s England caps and his world cup winning medal!!
The £1966 donation is from a football association grant called the 66 for “66”! Sandra has kindly chosen the PE department at Bowland for the support they have given her grandchildren. The school plans to use the money to buy a system of software and equipment to improve the video analysis of pupils’ performance.
John Connelly played for Burnley, Manchester United, Blackburn and Bury as well as England. The school has a close link with the family as Alex Wood, Michael, Rebecca and Jake have all attended the school and are John’s grandchildren. Alex who left last year is following in his grandad’s footsteps by currently playing for Preston North End.