World Cup Fever Hits Early in Ethiopia

Getting into the spirit of the 2014 World Cup in Rio which kicks off today, Pittards ETSC recently organised a mini football tournament for pupils at the local Ejersa School in Ethiopia, located south of the city of Addis Ababa. After an informal meeting with Yeovil Town Football Club, Pittards CEO Reg Hankey and Leather Consultant and former Pittards employee Mike Redwood returned to Pittards HQ with a sizable bundle of YTFC t-shirts and 5 brand new footballs which were taken out to Ethiopia the following week with Operations Manager of ETSC Tony Newham and General Manager of ETSC Jason Perry. The Pittards team, with a helping hand from staff at the Ejersa School, teamed up 28 keen footballers aged between 11 and 15 for an afternoon of football fun. “I was pleasantly surprised at the level of enthusiasm & competition in a friendly match but what really surprised me was the standard …. A lot of these boys had a very high standard of skill & certainly knew all of the tricks that we see today in our modern game. Some bright stars of the future here in Ethiopia showing just how far this Country has now come also in the game of football, proven by the fact that Ethiopia only just missed out on this year’s world cup qualification, being narrowly beaten over two legs in their final play off game against Nigeria” said Jason Perry. Man of the match went to a deserving Bekele Worku Sida whose achievement was judged on a combination of skill, teamwork and sportsmanship. Bekele was presented with Yeovil Town’s mascot, the Jolly Green Giant (as pictured) at the end of the tournament. The t-shirts which were donated to the Ejersa School will be used for the school’s PE sessions going forward… creating a new fan base for Yeovil Town!