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THE PLAYER LOWDOWN: Canavan talks promotion with Sporting, his wedding + supporting the NHS

This feature sees us catch up with former Sporting winger Drew Canavan. He talked about his days with Sporting, which included a promotion winning run-in to a season, plus a very special wedding and his involvement in helping with the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Drew joined Sporting in December 2017, from Stourbridge, in a season where the Rouslers went on to beat the likes of Coleshill Town, Highgate United and Worcester City to win the Midland Football League Premier Division at the first attempt.

“I really enjoyed my spell at Sporting and I was happy to help the team go on and win the league for a second successive year,” he said.

“It was a fantastic achievement, that was thoroughly deserved by everyone at the club. We had a great squad and even with a change of management late on in the season, we still came through to win the league in style.”

Drew played 23 games during that season for Sporting, including the match in which we secured the title (Loughborough University, 3-1 away win) and the final match of the campaign (South Normanton Athletic, 5-0 home win).

That final match also saw us lift the trophy, which was a very memorable day for all involved with the club; Drew reflected on the feeling of playing in front of a Rouslers crowd.

“There’s always an amazing atmosphere at Bromsgrove games, with some of the best support I’ve seen from a non-league club.

“Scoring my first goal at the Victoria Ground (vs Coventry United, 3-2 win, March 10th 2018) and netting in the Cup Final penalty shootout (Worcestershire Senior Urn vs Lye Town, 0-0 AET, 4-2 on penalties, 19th April 2018) were personal highlights for me.”

After his Sporting days, Drew got married – but this proved to be no ordinary wedding!…

“I got married in June 2019 to my now Wife, Kirsty. We had a unbelievable day and was nominated for the EasyWeddings, Wedding of the Year 2019 competition.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but it was great to be recognised and fun while it lasted!”

He talked about his work at Aston Villa Football Club, where he has recently taken up a new role, which has seen him play a part in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I have now been in my Operations Manager role within the Aston Villa Foundation since January 2020. It’s a great place to work and within the Foundation, we aim to help and support the local community by providing opportunities that enrich lives.

“Just last week, we delivered hundreds of drinks and snacks to local hospitals – all this was stock that would usually have been sold at the Villa Park kiosks on matchdays.

“It was a fantastic gesture from the club and a way of saying thank you to all the NHS staff during these difficult and unprecedented times.”

Drew is still playing football, currently plying his trade for a fellow Worcestershire side…

“I’m now playing for Stourport Swifts, but after the outbreak of COVID-19, the league has understandably been cut short.

“After what has been an injury hit season for me, I will be recharging the batteries and looking to go again next year, in what will be my 13th season in non-league football.

“I always keep a eye on how Bromsgrove are doing and hopefully another league win and promotion is not far away!”

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