Teachers from across Thanet took a break from marking this morning to take part in a Charity Football Match for Children In Need.

Staff from Margate and Birchington schools lined up against their colleagues from a combined Ramsgate and Broadstairs team in a very competitive and enjoyable game.

The turnout was fantastic, with a large crowd supporting their teams in the excellent surroundings of Margate Football Club’s Hartsdown Park. The atmosphere in the build-up to the game was really vibrant and the teams were welcomed with cheers from both sets of supporters as their names were called out over the tannoy.

The Ramsgate & Broadstairs team got off to a storming start and were soon four goals up in a flurry of attacking play that Margate & Birchington struggled to cope with. As the first half progressed though, the Margate & Birchington team began to settle and the game started to take on a much more competitive feel.

Although this was billed as a friendly charity match, it was obvious that neither team was happy to make up the numbers and tackles were going in firm but, on the whole, fair. The Ramsgate & Broadstairs team held firm and were worthy of their comfortable lead at half-time.

While both teams took a well-deserved break, the supporters were treated to some rather unusual half-time entertainment in the form of a children’s three-legged penalty shoot-out competition, while others used the time to have their faces painted in the main stadium area.

The second half was much more even, as tired legs and a sudden downpour seemed take their toll on both teams.

Chances were created at both ends but it was the Ramsgate and Broadstairs team who ended the game victorious with a well-deserved 7-0 scoreline.

The game was a fantastic spectacle and the crowd really seemed to enjoy themselves. I must say, I have never been in such a polite football stadium … chants of “Go on, Sir” being shouted regularly from the local students who had turned up to cheer their teachers on.

The real winner, however, was the ‘Children In Need’ charity, to whom the entrance fee and funds raised throughout the morning are being donated. Congratulations to everyone who took part – the players, organisers, Margate FC and all of the spectators. This really was a fitting way to support such a deserving cause.

Please enjoy the gallery of images from the match and feel free to share this article with anyone who may be interested.