Vlog – A visiting supporter at Glanford Park!

Greetings everyone!

Last weekend we had a flying visit from Bothwell Riside, our Friend of Pakati & key member of the team behind it. So how did he end up at Glanford Park, the home of Scinthorpe United Football Club, and what were we doing there? All will be revealed….

Let me go back to 2019, when I visited Pakati to hand over our first donations of IT & Sports tops, when Bothwell & his family kindly hosted me at their homestead just next to Pakati Secondary school.

They looked after me & made sure I was comfortable, and the welcome could not be bettered at any 5* hotel. As a former Teacher & Acting Head I was already familiar with the area, but had not stayed anywhere other than in the teachers house provided by the school.

So with Bothwell here in the UK, I wanted to return the hospitality & show him some of my own home area in Scunthorpe. I also arranged for Bradley Mell, our podcast host, to come alomg & meet us – the best place to meet would be at Glanford Park though sadly there was no home game that day for SUFC.

We went on to record the podcast which we published last weekend https://friendsofpakati.com/2023/10/14/new-podcast/

After that, we took a walk around part of the ground, and Bradley video’d it. We talked about the club & its connection to Friends of Pakati, and other related topics. Enjoy!

I also took him into Scunthorpe town centre, showed him where my parents had lived in Bottesford, & driven past the steelworks complex which gives SUFC its nickname of The Iron.

Bothwell tells me he will write his own story of the visit soon. I am glad to hear that he has returned safely to his home in South East Asia where he teaches in an international school.

If you want to help Friends of Pakati to get more computers out to the schools – see https://friendsofpakati.com/2023/10/05/please-get-computers-to-pakati/ – then please donate to https//www..gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati or https//paypal.me/friendsofpakati


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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