Footballer teacher takes a shot at a charity run
12:03pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A FOOTBALLER teacher will put on his running shoes this Sunday in support of two of his former pupils’ family.
Barry Island Primary senior management team member Dominic Broad will take on the 13.1-mile Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of CDH UK after Jorge James died from the condition hours after birth and dad Matt and mum Louise and their children had to deal with their loss.
CDH – congenital diaphragmatic hernia - is a rare condition that occurs when the diaphragm doesn’t form correctly or fails to develop in an unborn baby.
The abdominal contents herniate into the chest cavity, preventing the lungs from developing properly.
Additional learning needs coordinator and Year 6 class teacher, Dominic, 26, who formerly played football for Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, but now plays for Pontypridd Town, said: “I am running as I taught Jorge’s older brother and sister, and wanted to show my support to the family and community despite not working in the area anymore. The family have shown bravery and dignity at a tough time.
“I am running with my assistant manager, Damien Broad, coach Sam Houldsworth and six other players of Pontypridd Town, who play in the Welsh League.
“I somehow persuaded them to support the very worthy cause and run the day after a match.
“We will be playing a Welsh League match against Bettws on the Saturday, so we will need to summon all our energy and will power to run and complete the marathon in a respectable time a day later.”
The 26-year-old’s colleagues have chipped in with support and Dominic’s partner Felicity Goodwin – a Bryn Hafren Comprehensive science teacher – has rallied staff at her school.
He said: “All of the staff have supported me and given lots of money despite the charity having affected pupils in my old school – Peter Lea Primary school, in Fairwater, Cardiff.
“The staff are caring and show a great sense of professionalism and compassion to really act on it.”
He added: “The training has been going well, despite the fact I'm not a fan of distance running. I have had eight of my team mates running alongside me and training for the same event. The motivation to support the family and set an example to help others and support people to the pupils and families in my old and new school is a strong incentive.
“As a teacher, we have the power to influence others and support people in a very unique way.
“Raising awareness of CDH and promoting charity to the children and communities we work in is vital.
“Helping others and supporting families in the local community is something all teachers should strive to do.”
To sponsor Dominic and leave a motivating message, visit www.mycharitypage.com/TeamJorge