Comic Relief 2015 is just around the corner and Bristol Rovers have invited 240 pupils from Ashley Down School to take part in a giant game of tag with the Bristol Rovers first team squad.
Everyone taking part will be paying a donation of £1 which, of course, will go to Comic Relief.
All parents of the pupils attending, and any Rovers supporter who comes along to watch this innovative fund raiser, is also welcome to donate.
The initial idea for the event came from Rovers’ Head of Education, Adam Tutton, who said; “Thinking of different ways to raise funds for Comic Relief gets more difficult every year, and I thought that this simple idea, involving pupils from a local school and the Bristol Rovers first team squad, was slightly different from the norm.
“I am very grateful to Darrell Clarke and his players, who will take part in the event before boarding their team coach for the long journey to Halifax, for their Vanarama Conference match the following day.”
Lawrence Pitt, Headteacher of Ashley Down School, is delighted that his pupils have been asked to participate; “This school has a close working relationship with Bristol Rovers and all of the pupils, not to mention the staff, are looking forward to going along to the Memorial Stadium to meet the players and to take part in the biggest game of tag imaginable.”
Rovers boss Darrell Clarke said his players were also looking forward to the event and said; “It will be a light hearted way to top off our training session ahead of our trip to Halifax. As part of the local community, we look forward to meeting pupils and staff from one of the nearby schools and helping them to raise funds for Comic Relief.”
As well as being a light hearted venture, we should add that there is a prize on offer for the last girl and boy standing, which will comprise of a family ticket for one of our remaining home games for four people, so there is a slightly competitive element as well.
The players are scheduled to arrive at 11.00am for an 11.30am kick off, and there will be a result on the day, with no extra time or penalties, so we hope to see you there!
Everyone is welcome to sport a Blue Nose for the day and even ‘R’ ones are acceptable!