Welwyn Hatfield youngsters invited to watch Stevenage Boro for free

PUBLISHED: 12:28 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Stevenage Boro support liaison officer Alex Tunbridge at Broadhall Way

Stevenage Boro support liaison officer Alex Tunbridge at Broadhall Way

CHILDREN from the Welwyn Hatfield area are being invited to attend Stevenage Borough s home tie against Barrow on Saturday free of charge. The Blue Square Premier club have begun to extend its community links throughout Hertfordshire in a bid to attract m

Stevenage's Lee Boylan in action

CHILDREN from the Welwyn Hatfield area are being invited to attend Stevenage Borough's home tie against Barrow on Saturday free of charge.

The Blue Square Premier club have begun to extend its community links throughout Hertfordshire in a bid to attract more people to follow the fortunes of Boro.

And for the game against the Cumbrians, all under-16s will get into Broadhall Way for free and the adult prices have been reduced to only £8.

Support liaison officer Alex Tunbridge said: "We want to introduce people from the area who perhaps have not thought about coming to watch Stevenage to come down and give it a go.

Stevenage Boro boss Graham Westley

"Quite a few people from Welwyn Hatfield do come to watch games, but we want even more to attend and will have a number of special offers running throughout the season.

"We are planning on going into schools, both primary and secondary, to attract people to come to the stadium.

"Players and club officials will also be giving talks and meeting children."

Monk's Walk School, Sir Frederic Osborn and Oaklands College based in WGC have been targeted as the Boro attempt to improve attendance figures for home matches in the Blue Square Premier.

There has been over a 20 per cent fall in attendance figures in this season compared to last, and Mr Tunbridge believes the club is on track in its community initiatives to boost figures.

He added: "We think it is important to create and maintain links with schools in the Welwyn Hatfield area, and Stevenage is a real community club.

"People are willing to travel 300 miles to watch Manchester United, yet we have a club here which is right on people's doorsteps and who play some good football."

Borough also offer function facilities for business or celebration, as well as a thriving football academy and a number of football courses.

Tunbridge said: "We are launching various initiatives with businesses in Welwyn Hatfield as well to get them on board with what we are trying to do.

"It's not all about the Premiership, and we want people to get involved with their local football club."

Graham Westley's men are sitting comfortably in eighth position in the Blue Square Premier after a somewhat disappointing start to the season.

Keep your eyes peeled for competitions throughout the season in the WHTimes which will give you the chance to win tickets to watch Stevenage in their quest for promotion to the Football League.

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