School names road in honour of inspirational PE teacher
Keen sportsman Mick (61) was a respected PE teacher at St Theodore’s and Blessed Trinity where he had a huge impact over the 30 years he was there. He died of cancer in December 2014.
The sign was paid for via sponsorship from the Burnley 10K run last year where PE teacher John Kelly and other members of staff ran in Mick’s memory and it is on the school site leading to the Spirit of Sport.
Head teacher Richard Varey said: “The sign is a fitting and long lasting tribute to a much loved teacher.”
‘Mennis,’ as he was known, taught the likes of England cricket ace James Anderson, Manchester United Class of 92 star Chris Casper, Burnley midfielder John Mullin, alongside his footballing brother Paul, and Reading striker Ollie Norwood.
Just after Mick died, former students held a charity football match, organised by former pupil Nick Palich, at Burnley Belvedere between St Ted’s Old Boys and the Vintage Clarets to raise money for Pendleside and almost £20,000 was donated to the hospice, where Mick died.
And there is another match for the ‘Mick Ennis Trophy’ on Sunday May 1st at 2pm at Belvedere Sports Club. It’s again between St Teds Old Boys and the Vintage Clarets, again to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice.