FITC and Notts County FC celebrate the ongoing commitment to community projects with 2017 Community Day against Forest Green Rovers.
Over 13,000 Magpies swooped into Notts County Football in the Community’s annual Community Day. With Notts County FC flying high in SkyBet League 2, top of the table Notts played newly promoted but bottom of the table Forest Green Rovers. The afternoon’s carnival of free activities, face painting, choirs, stalls and emergency services welcomed fans from across the Midlands to Meadow Lane.
Community Day celebrates the award-winning services and projects Notts County FITC deliver across all 20 city districts and the facilities open to the public at the FITC managed Portland Centre. Invited guests from former players to participants on the 35 projects the FITC run were welcomed to dine and reflect upon the momentous year Football in the Community have had. Dining guests were welcomed with speeches by Notts County Chairman, Alan Hardy, compere and FITC’s very own Andrew James, the Magpies’ all-time leading goal-scorer turned author, Les Bradd, and Steve Hill, Community Director of FITC.
With Lords, Ladies, Members of Parliament and of course Mr & Mrs Magpie entertaining those outside the stadium, all that was left was for the boys on the pitch to entertain over 5,000 invited guests of Football in the Community inside the stadium. With Rob Milsom scoring in the 96th minute of the game to secure the Magpies’ unbeaten home record this season, Alan Hardy reflected on the day. “To be a part of the annual Community Day celebrations was a fantastic experience. Over 13,000 fans packed Meadow Lane to support both the club and Football in the Community. FITC’s work throughout the county has helped hundreds of thousands of people over the years and it is important to celebrate the success and impact the charity has.”
With over 13,000 fans leaving Meadow Lane safe in the knowledge the team came away with a point and children having had a fantastic free afternoon of activities, Steve Hill reflected on the day “Since I started here in 1995, I haven’t enjoyed a Community Day as much as this year’s event. Here at Football in the Community, we value our role in the community and it is a real pleasure to celebrate our successes. Since the charity started, we have supported hundreds of thousands of Nottinghamshire residents and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the wider sporting world. On behalf of my team, I would sincerely like to thank everyone involved in the planning and execution of today, we hope to see you back at Meadow Lane very, very soon.”
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