Tuesday Dec 30, 2014


Alfreton Town’s recent Vanarama Conference home fixture against Eastleigh saw the visit of Thorntons to the Impact Arena for a presentation evening, at which many of the children who receive help from the club’s Community Scheme were present to show their appreciation.

The guests from Thorntons were Jonathan Hart (Chief Executive), Ben Fell (Head of Communications) and Charlotte Peat (Brand Communications Manager) who kindly brought a selection of Thornton’s chocolates for all the children.

A picture album of the two visits can be viewed by clicking here  

In return the club presented them with an appropriately named away shirt.

On a bitterly cold night, and with school the next day, around 50 children attended and the club would like to thank all those parents who accompanied their children, and to John McGrath and Jimmy Redfern from the Community Scheme for organising and presiding over the evening.

When the children from Alfreton Park Community School heard that the club were having the Thornton’s Presentation on a Wednesday evening and not a Saturday afternoon, there was genuine disappointment that most of them wouldn’t be able to attend.

Although the school is based in Alfreton, the pupils attending come from all over the county and it was therefore impossible to get them back in an evening after a long day at school.

However, with the school’s co-operation, and again with the help of John McGrath and Jimmy Redfern, the club arranged for a group of 20 children to visit the Impact Arena where they used the home changing room, played on the pitch and had their lunch in the Reds Bar.

In the afternoon Charlotte Peat from Thorntons went along to the school to ensure that the children didn’t miss out on the free chocolates!

The whole morning was captured on video and all the players are looking forward to the edited highlights – the penalty competition goal celebrations will undoubtedly be a favourite, and the half-time team talk in the home dugout by school staff member Matt Clements made Nicky Law’s seem mild by comparison!

The Community Scheme and the children themselves have thanked Cheryl Smart ( School Head), Charlotte Peat (Thorntons), club coaches John and Jimmy, all the school staff, the football club and groundsman Rob Brookes in particular, for making the day such a memorable one for everyone, and ensuring that the children from Alfreton Park School didn’t miss out.

A picture album of the two visits can be viewed
by clicking here

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