Comic ReliefBasketball Academy players Nick Kakouris, Kane Smallwood, Joe Johnson, Thambiso Khoza and Benjamin Ankrah.

Students will be showing themselves to be good sports when they compete against college staff in basketball and football matches for Comic Relief.

The games will be held at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) in Enfield on 29 March, the week after Red Nose Day.

Players from the College’s Basketball and Football Academies will go head to head with tutors, coaches and other employees from the College to support the popular fundraiser.

This year’s appeal will be particularly poignant for Somalian student Abdi Adam, with Comic Relief recently announcing it was investing £1 million to support the food crisis in East Africa.

The towering 6ft 8ins tall basketball player said: “It’s really sad to see my country like that, and see people on the news who are starving and dying every day. I feel very lucky to be here, getting a good education and a good future.”

The College has a Football Academy, Basketball Academy and Martial Arts Academy, which are all open to students aged 16-18 who are studying full-time at its Enfield Centre.

The Academies include professional coaching, domestic competitions and international tournaments, physio and nutritional support and access to a full-sized sports hall, fully equipped gym and modern changing facilities.

The College also runs a Sports Scholarship Programme offering funding to promising athletes to help them to reach their potential.

Comic ReliefFootball Academy player Richard Ennin (left) and Basketball Academy player Abdi Adam and College Physio Nader Farhead (right).

Comic Relief provides support for impoverished and disadvantaged people in the UK and abroad and since it began in 1985 has raised more than £1 billion.

Head of Sport Jonathan Silman said: "We've held fundraising events at the College for Sport Relief in the past, and thought it'd also be good fun to do the same for Comic Relief.

"The staff and students are really up for the matches and we hope to raise a great sum for the charity to help thousands of people in this country and around the world."

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