It’s a fitting football tribute to much-loved Joe

Players at the Joe Sharpe memorial match / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Players at the Joe Sharpe memorial match / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Friends and team-mates of Joe Sharpe - the University of Chichester student who died suddenly - gathered at the Bishop Otter campus sports field to pay a fitting footballing tribute to him.

Right from the very start, the pitch on which Joe played on many times during his WSIHE career was bathed in sunlight.

The day was everything Sharpie was about – fun, passion, togetherness, enjoyment and, most important, love.

Luke Sheavyn

The game saw a thrilling contest between a WSIHE select side and a team Joe’s course-mates and football coaching and performance colleagues, which the WSIHE select team edged.

The Chichester Uni ladies’ football team also honoured Joe with a game during half-time against Chi City, the club where Joe was a coach.

Luke Sheavyn, president of the men’s football team, said: “The day was everything Sharpie was about – fun, passion, togetherness, enjoyment and, most important, love. He was one heck of a person and everyone misses him dearly.”

Daniel Potter, programme leader of the BSc football coaching and performance degree, said: “We wanted a special way in which we could remember the cheeky life of Joe Sharpe, and that’s what we got – it was a great chance for all of us to say goodbye doing what Joe loved best, playing football.”

The day saw a massive turnout from the community of Chichester, with many friends of Joe wanting to show their respects and celebrate his life.

Supporters were able to go away with their own JS2 wristbands made especially for the day. All proceeds raised from the day will go the newly set-up Joe Sharpe Fund.

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