Irlam and Cadishead College welcomed Colonel Adul Maliphan and his ‘Hero For Children’ team for their prestigious, annual visit on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. The ‘Hero lets the dream come true’ project is headed by Colonel Maliphan and each year, twenty five – thirty outstanding young Muslim boys, aged twelve years are recruited to the Hero Academy Football Club. The selection process spans 1,300 schools of 56 districts in the 5 provinces. Irlam was the visitor’s third stop during their stay in the North West, after visiting Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC prior to arriving at Station Road.

The ‘platform of pride’ was the designated assembly point for the group on their arrival and all members of the party were somewhat taken in by the wonderful display that celebrates the local community of Irlam and Cadishead. After a warm welcome by Mrs Nightingale and Mr Prescott the next focus was on the football; The Hero For Children Academy Football Club against our very own ICC Year 7 students.

Played in good spirits, the game was played over 3 x 15 minute intervals. ICC started brightly and put the visitors under pressure from the off with some good interchanges in the middle of the park. ICC was the first team on the score sheet after a smart through pass by Jesse James found McKenzie Icely who coolly slotted the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper. It wasn’t long before Declan Scallan made it 2 for the hosts with a superb strike into the top corner from 18 yards. Our Thai visitors began to get a foothold in the game after 10 minutes and began move the ball around really well. The Colonel has his team purchase sumatriptan injection well drilled and his team passed the ball superbly well throughout the game. As half time approached, ICC worked the ball well through the midfield and Icely once again beat his opponent to the ball before finding the net via a deflection. The second and third intervals were again played in good spirits. The visitors got the better of the third interval, scoring 4 unanswered goals. Both teams fittingly shared the spoils in the final interval with both finding the net on one occasion.

After the football, our International visitors dined in the College dining hall with rest of the ICC students. The friendly and vibrant atmosphere was palpable and just about summed up a truly wonderful day.

Next up was a visit to Food Technology with Mrs Sams who explains, “It was with great pleasure that we in the Food Technology area welcomed 30 Pupils from Thailand. They were an enthusiastic and very polite group of young men.  They made their own Pitta Pizzas and displayed very good knife and organisational skills. The pupils used a range of equipment including the gas and electric ovens.  They did an amazing job working collaboratively to tidy the room before going out to enjoy the fruits (Pittas) of their labour in the sunshine.  They looked like they thoroughly enjoyed visiting us and hopefully they will visit us again.”

The whole day proved yet again to be a real success. Colonel Maliphan was truly grateful for the warm and sincere welcome that he and his ‘Hero for Children’ entourage were given by the staff and students of Irlam and Cadishead College. We as a school are already looking forward to welcoming our prestigious visitors back in 2018.


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