Cowbit student sets up shooting match in aid of Lucy fund

The Deepings School basketball team (back) of Chay Dammeth, Jack Power, Jack Towers, Jackson Andrews, Callum Howitt. (front) Finlay Bulbeck, Patrick Callisto and Oliver Flint who took part in a charity match in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk for the Young). Photo by David Lowndes.

A Cowbit student with plans to work in sports management has strengthened his credentials by organising a charity basketball match in memory of a fellow sixth-former.

Jack Power designed and secured sponsorship for new kits worn by fellow students at The Deepings School who took to the basketball court before Christmas and shot hoops in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Lucy Adena Jessop.

The charity basketball match was a memorial to Lucy Jessop who died from a suspected heart attack in February 2015.

Jack, who is hoping to start a degree in sports business, retail and merchandising at UCFB College of Football Business based at Wembley Stadium in September, said: “I researched and designed a new basketball kit, then got Riverside Training of Spalding on board to provide sponsorship for it.

“A charity match was also arranged by myself and fellow sixth form student Patrick Callisto at the end of the term to celebrate gifting the kit to the school and to help raise funds for CRY, a charity chosen following the tragic death of student Lucy Jessop last year.

“I’d really like basketball to continue at the school after I leave in the summer and hope that having a dedicated kit there will help.”

I’d really like basketball to continue at the school after I leave in the summer and hope that having a dedicated kit there will help

Jack Power, The Deepings School

Further proof of Jack’s ambitions in the sports business came last October when he set up a work experience placement with the merchandising team at Derby County FC during the half-term break.

Jack is also fitting in a double BTEC (Business and Techician Education Council) in sport over just one year, on top of his A-Levels, and promise on the rugby field for Boston under-17 Colts for whom he was named Player of the Year last May.

Liz Power, Jack’s mum, said: “My son worked very hard on all aspects of the kit, from designing it, sourcing sponsorship, ordering and receiving the kit to arranging a charity match whose proceeds when to the charity CRY, one which is very dear to our hearts.

“Jack feels very strongly that he wants basketball to continue after he has left The Deepings School and feels that by owning a kit, the school will help in that.

“If he is successful in his exams this summer, Jack be attending UCFB at Wembley Stadium in September to study for a degree in sports business, retail and merchandising.

“To this end, Jack worked during his week off for half-term last October at Derby County Football Club in their merchandising team to gain some insight into the career he is contemplating.

“I am very proud of the commitment and drive he has because, as well as endeavouring to complete a double BTEC sport course in one year alongside his A-levels, to gain the points required for university.”

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