The Bristol Rovers Football Club annual fun day will take place at the Memorial Stadium tomorrow, from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm. The event is free to attend and will be bigger and better than ever before. Among the many new attractions and types of entertainment confirmed are:
• Fans' first opportunity to purchase the new season kit
• A rare opportunity to watch a training session, with full commentary from Manager, John Ward
• Meet Manager, John Ward, and the new players for this season and collect autographs from your favourite players
• Launch of the Bristol Rovers Big Local App – now fans can stay in touch with The Pirates on their mobile
• Cheerleader displays courtesy of the Black Panther Cheerleading Squad
• Behind-the-scenes tours of the players' dressing room
• Children’s pirate fancy dress competition – open to all children to take part. Judging to be at 2.30pm by John Ward when the
winner will be presented with a signed football
• An opportunity to have your picture taken with Irene the Bristol Rovers 'gorilla'
• Kick start a healthier lifestyle - children’s free smoothie making and guess the sugar game (in association with Bristol City Council and Football in the Community)
Stadium Manager, Ian Holtby, says: “Bristol Rovers will be throwing open the stadium doors for our annual fun day. The event is free of charge to attend and open to all. Come and join us for a great family day out, not only will it be the first opportunity to purchase the new season kit, but also the launch of our new free to download mobile phone app.”
Bristol Rovers are always looking for new ways to engage with fans and keep them up-to-date with news and make it easy for them to access the information they need. The Bristol Rovers Big Local App is a great new way for people to get up-to-date information just at the touch of button – and what’s more its free. There will be an Bristol Rovers Big Local App stand at the fun day, showing you how to download and navigate it.
The fun day has received great support from local businesses including Bristol Balloons who will be bringing one of their flight baskets and flaring it up at regular intervals throughout the day.
Also represented will be Bristol-based dealer, Fowlers Motorcycles. They will display a range of motorcycles as well as the quirky Paiggo Ape small three-wheeled commercial vehicle – so there will be lots of great photo opportunities. Staff from Fowlers will be on hand for 'biker talk', the booking of test rides and general advice about motorcycle ownership. They will also hand out free goody bags (while stocks last).
The Bristol branch of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes charity “Freewheelers” will be at the Bristol Rovers Fun Day Sun 21st July and will be raising awareness of the charity and the vital life saving work they carry out. Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Services will have on display the emergency bikes that are used throughout the county to transport urgent blood, tissue, organs and human breast milk for special care units. http://freewheelers.org.uk
Firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Southmead Community Safety Centre will be attending but not to extinguish any fires!
Instead, they will talk about their work and demonstrate some of the kit on a fire appliance. Additionally, they will be giving advice on fire safety.
There will also be a number of support groups such as the Bristol Rovers Helpline who will be present to answer any questions supporters may have regarding their association with the club.
As well as all this, there will be go-karts for children to drive, a funfair, face painting, a BBQ, an ice cream van and promotional giveaways courtesy of Peter’s Pies and Mars.
Staff of the British Army careers office will be there with their recruiting trailer, a paintball range and a BATAK machine – to test your fitness and reaction time.
39th Signal Regiment of the Territorial Army who are based at Horfield TA Centre, Bristol have confirmed they will be bringing along a 50 tonne specialist Army recovery crane as well as a high capacity digital radio communications vehicle to the Fun Day. Lt Crilly from the Recruiting, Retention & Mentoring Team said “The Territorial Army (TA) is a volunteer active-duty force that forms one quarter of the British Army and trains people from all walks of life to be soldiers in their free time. The TA are currently carrying out a major national recruitment drive and are expecting to increase our fully trained members from 19,000 to 30,000 by 2018.For further information regarding joining the TA, please come along to the Rovers Fun Day to meet your local branch for an informal chat”.
Advantage Vans will display the new Bristol Rovers' team vehicle and the event will be supported by local charities including the Prostate Cancer Charity.
Please note: due to the volume of on-site activity, there will be no on-site parking at the stadium during the fun day.
Fun Day Schedule:
11.00am Pirate Leisure opens
11.00am Shirt sponsor player hand-over (Dri Build suite)
12.00noon Official opening with Bristol Balloons hot air balloon flare-up (car park)
12.25pm Black Panther Cheerleading Squad display (pitch)
12.30pm – 1.15pm First team training session with John Ward (pitch)
1.15pm Bristol Balloons hot air balloon flare-up car (car park)
1.20pm Black Panther Cheerleading Squad display (pitch)
1.25pm - 1.40pm Bristol Harlequins Majorettes Twirling Team (pitch)
1.30pm onwards Dressing room tours
1.45pm - 3.00pm Player autographs
2.00pm – 3.00pm Southmead Fire Brigade firefighter’s demonstration (car park)
2.25pm Bristol Balloons hot air balloon flare-up (car park)
2.30pm Black Panther Cheerleading Squad display (pitch)
2.30pm Raffle draw for shirt
2.30pm Children’s pirate fancy dress competition judging and prize giving (pitch)
2.40pm - 3.00pm Bristol Harlequins Majorettes Twirling Team (pitch)
3.00pm Bristol Balloons Hot Air Balloon flare-up (car park)
3.00pm Final Black Panther Cheerleading Squad display (pitch) - Players depart
4.00pm Event closes
Throughout the day: Face painting, paintballing, TA display, go-karts, trade stands, BBQ, funfair, ice cream van * Please note the hot air balloon flare ups are weather permitting.