There was an assembly with a difference at English Martyrs
School last week as Pools stars Jason Kennedy and Michael Raynes dropped in to
Deputy Head, Paul Dickson, got in touch with the Club to let
us know about the tireless work carried out by Site Manager, Mick Dempsey and
his assistant Ryan George as they moved to a brand new building in recentmonths.
Mick and Ryan are both massive Pools fans so we decided to
send a couple of players along to help the school and its pupils pay tribute totheir efforts in a special assembly.
“At English Martyrs, we've just taken the keys to a brand
new building so we're starting an exciting new chapter – but it is also the endof a gruelling and tiring time for the staff,” Deputy Head Paul explained.
“Mick, who is due to retire soon, and Ryan have shown
superhuman commitment to work every hour of every day for the last eight weeksto get equipment we needed from the old building over in to the new one.
“Like me and lots of the other staff here, Mick and Ryan are
both Pools daft Season Ticket holders so we wanted to do something a littlespecial to recognise their efforts and show our appreciation.
“We called an assembly for our Year 7 pupils and told Mick
and Ryan that they needed to come along because we were going to be doing a
talk on keeping the school tidy – but really it was to surprise them with thevisit from Jason and Michael!
“It was brilliant to see their reaction when they realised
and I want to thank the lads for coming along straight from training to help uspay tribute to our unsung heroes at the school.”
The two Pools stars presented some gifts to Mick and Ryan
before they were given a massive – and well-deserved - ovation from thegathered pupils.
“We were delighted to go along and help the school say thankyou,” said Raynes.
“The new school is looking absolutely outstanding and plenty
of that is down to the hard graft that Mick and Ryan have put in over the lastcouple of months.
“It was a pleasure to meet everyone there and we wish themboth all the best, particularly Mick as he enjoys his well-earned retirement.”