The New Saints had a number of special guests during Saturday’s three nil win against Afan Lido.
Following the launch of the first Education Partner Programme, with Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, pupils, parents and staff were invited to attend the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League fixture with Afan Lido, free of charge.
Certain pupils and staff were also lucky enough to be mascots for the game and walk out on to the pitch with the Welsh Champions.
Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action was also launched prior to the game with both teams wearing Show Racism the Red Card t-shirts in the warm up as well. The players also walked out on to the pitch accompanied by the excited mascots, wearing the bright red shirts.
The New Saints Football Club also provided TNS kits for all of the mascots and the kits will also be used for their School matches. Everyone associated with the Oswestry School also helped in raising awareness around the issue of Racism in football. The excited children then held up ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ banners whilst on the pitch.
At half time all of the mascots were given a signed SRtRC squad poster each as well as an official match day programme in recognition of their support to both the first team and the project.
Craig Edwards was delighted with the turn out from the School and hoped that this would continue throughout the season. The Community Foundation Officer said, ‘ I have spoken to a number of first team players this week and they were delighted with the atmosphere before, during, and after the game. The school really got behind the team and we extend a huge thank you to all who attended. The day was a huge success and I hope that everyone involved had a great day. I would also like to express my excitement at working closely with the Holy Trinity School and I am sure that the link will benefit both the School and The New Saints.’
Craig Harrison was really pleased with the support of the School on Saturday and said, ‘It was a good atmosphere, the kids were really keen and responsive to the goals. I am really appreciative of the great atmosphere and it was great to see the support. The positive feedback was excellent and the players give 100% all of the time and even though and it was really nice to see so many people cheering us off as well as celebrate our goals.’
Mrs Jo McCulloch is the School Administrator at Holy Trinity and said, ‘Everybody had a great day. The children were so excited to be there and had such a fun experience. We have received lots of positive comments and feedback from all the children as well as the parents involved.’
The brilliant mascots for the game were Ashveer Chatha, Ashton Reeves, Jaymie Davies, Tomas Davies, Kyle Evans Llewellyn, Phoebe Harper, Alisha Thomas, Leonie Ford, Alfie Samuel, Neo Edge, Martin Petrov, Tiana Ellis, Ellie Phillips, Robert Dix, Megan Lacey, Morgan Griffiths, Mitchell Butler, Daniel Payne, Jaycob Schrader, George Jones, Taia Whitehead, Eva Nikolova and Simon Papazyan.
Photographs from the day!