Arsenal FC charity side set to play in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 August 2013
AN Arsenal FC charity squad are set to play in Welwyn Garden City to support children and youngsters with disabilities.
On Sunday, September 15, a team from charity ReachOut Plus will take on players from the squad at the Gosling Sports Park.
The event is not only being staged to raise money for the St Albans-based charity – which helps people from Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar – but also raise awareness of its work.
“We hope it will be a great day out for all the family,” said a spokesman.
The Arsenal team will be coached by Brian Hornsby.
There are no guarantee of which players will attend, but among the squad members are Arsenal legends Perry Groves, Vince Bartram and Omar Riza and celebrities like Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Frank Thompson of Fever Pitch and Ralf Little from the Royle Family.
“Whatever the result, it’s going to be a brilliant day for everyone concerned,” said Jamie Smith, fundraising assistant at ReachOut Plus.
“Our team will be playing to win once they step over the white line, but really we just want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, that we raise lots of money, and that everyone who comes to watch learns a bit more about what ReachOut Plus is about.
“We’re just delighted that Arsenal were so keen to send a team here to help us raise money and our profile: football, and the charity, will be the real winners thanks to them.”
Would-be players can still sign up to play against the Arsenal heroes. A nominal registration fee to ReachOut Plus will be refunded for players who raise enough sponsorship money.
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Entry to watch is £3 for adults or £10 for a whole family. There will be games, stalls, entertainment and food and drink available before and during the game as well as at half-time.
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