Gef’s Daily Roundup

Manx Return Triumphant

The Jacksons IOM IOMFA Boys U15’s travelled to Wales to play two friendlies against two Welsh Cymru Premier League academy teams at the weekend. On Saturday, the squad along with their coach Mark Watterson, went to Oswestry on the Welsh border for an evening kick off against The New Saints FC at Park Hall Stadium.

The Isle of Man earned a hard fought 2-2 draw in a very competitive game, with goals coming from Chester Bell (Corinthians AFC) and Ethan Hawley (Laxey AFC). The following day the side visited Connah’s Quay Nomads FC and won 4-3 in a close encounter (3 goals from Peel’s Freddie O’Donoghue and 1 from Laxey’s Brandon Krypner).

A brilliant pair of results which point towards a bright future for Manx football and maybe even FC Isle of Man…

Nature Writing

Young people are invited to put pen to paper to help celebrate the island’s unique natural environment and rich wildlife in a competition that will see best entries published.

Young Nature Writer 2022 has been launched to coincide with Manx Wildlife Week, which also encourages people to connect with the nature on their doorstep. The competition challenges people 21 and under to share a written piece about their favourite creature, place or plant, or about how spending time in nature makes them feel.

This must be done in 500 words or under and can include illustrations before the deadline on 31 August.

The challenge is run by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man alongside Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT), Manx Ornithological Society (MOS) and Isle of Man Newspapers who will all help with the judging and provide prizes including memberships. Winners will all see their work featured in a variety of local publications and nature journals.

DEFA Minister Clare Barber said: ‘I hope our young people will use this as an opportunity to connect with our wonderful Biosphere. As custodians of the many parts of the Island’s unique landscape, such as plantations and glens, DEFA manage so many places that inspiration can be taken from.’

Leigh Morris, CEO of MWT, added: ‘Engaging with young people has never been more crucial for us and this competition will help inspire them to reflect on our Island environment.’

Richard Butt, Editor of Isle of Man Newspapers, said: ‘It’s a pleasure to again team up with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, of which we are a Partner, MWT and, for the first time this year, MOS to encourage and publish new young writing talent on this important topic.’

The Guvnor Gets Sewing

Sir John Lorrimer has taken the opportunity of a trip to UCM to catch up on his domestic skills. The Guvnor was given a tour of island’s higher education college/university by new principal Jesamine Kelly.

The visit included a tour of the wide range of real working environments, a visit to the newly refurbished canteen where students enjoy their breaks and meals, the Digital Enterprise area, collaborative study areas and a meeting with the Student Services team. 

During a tour of the Art, Design, Media and Music Faculty Sir John tried his hand at free machining on the sewing machine with a crash course from UCM Fashion Lecturer, Billee Saade.  The tour was topped off with tea and cake served in the Annie Gill Café which is open to the public and is staffed by Foundational Learning students who are working to boost their confidence and improve their interpersonal skills within a realistic café environment. 

Sir John said: ‘I was delighted to visit UCM’s Engineering Skills Test at the Hills Meadow campus in March and was so impressed by the students and facilities, that I wanted to see what else UCM offers.  

‘The Homefield Road campus didn’t disappoint. What a fantastic level of facilities that the Island’s young people and wider community have access to. Hearing about the positive experience students have, was lovely and this will no doubt foster a culture of lifelong learning which is so important to the development and growth of the economy.  

‘I was impressed by the wide range of courses available at UCM, which gives students the chance to study in an area that really excites them without having to leave the island. The staff I have had the pleasure of meeting are all experts in their industry fields, which will no doubt provide students with the best foundation for entering the workplace once they finish their qualifications. It’s also fantastic to see how UCM fosters a culture of inclusion for all levels of learning and people within our community.’

Mrs Kelly added: ‘We were thrilled for His Excellency, Sir John Lorimer to visit UCM to see what we have available for the Isle of Man Community. As a provider of learning for a variety of different levels and ages from 14 – 16 years looking for alternatives to GCSEs right through to mature students who want a fun evening course, we’re pleased to play a big part of the community.’