Graeme Kirkham, our Fan Engagement manager at The New Saints, shares how everything went from his perspective, in and around the final game of the JD Welsh Premier League season last Friday.
Lorraine Carrol & James Hall
Lorraine and James (lead photograph) who are from Essex, made the journey to Park Hall for their first ever visit to the home of the Welsh champions. Lorraine has followed The New Saints for the past 10 years, keeping up to date with results, and watching every live game on S4C.
James (her son) organised the surprise trip for Mother’s Day. Lorraine only realised that they were coming to Park Hall once the train stopped at nearby Gobowen and they got off.
Upon arrival at the stadium, Lorraine was excited and told her story to Harry Kerr, who works at The Venue, after asking where to purchase merchandise.
Harry explained the situation to Graeme Kirkham, who then went to meet the pair. After hearing their story, Graeme ensured that he made their time with us very special. This involved meeting the team and receiving a signed match programme from Simon Spender (Lorraine’s favourite player)
The pair had a really good evening and sent us this message upon their return home:
“Having arrived back in Essex, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for making my weekend extra special. Please pass on my thanks to Graeme, Harry, Bully, Mike, Shelly, Scott and the players. My husband Tony will be coming up with me next time as he was blown away to hear about the hospitality we received. Thank you so much. Lorraine”
Awel won the opportunity to be an official mascot after being drawn out of the hat upon joining the Junior Supporters Club, back in March. As part of her experience her favourite player, Ryan Brobbel, presented her with a goodie bag and some signed memorabilia.
Wrexham Inclusion v Derwen New Saints
In the build-up to the first team game, we played host to the Wrexham Inclusion FC development section, as they competed in a friendly against local neighbours, DNS (Derwen New Saints). Wrexham Inclusion ran out 2-1 winners, with Derek Griffiths (WIFC) & Josh (DNS) being awarded MOTM awards, which meant that they were presented with goodie bags on the pitch at half-time.
Also during the break, the mental health section of the WIFC showcased a huge flag that included local sponsors and businesses. The flag will be taken to Munich, Germany, from the 8th – 11th May 2018, as they take part in the European Mental Health Championships. They also had a crossbar challenge competition, which was eventually won by Luke Brown. Luke was presented a goodie bag for his efforts.
Everyone at The New Saints would like to wish Ben Ravenscroft, Dominic Highest, Aron Hall, Jamie Hall, Mark Hall, Michael Harper, Luke Brown, Luke Armstrong, Jack Hughes, Michael Austin, Alex Hall, Phil Roberts and all of the staff the best of luck for the trip to Munich. We look forward to some positive updates upon their return.
If you, or someone you know, suffers with a disability or mental health problem, or any other related issues, and would like to join a club that supports education, sports, life skills and c.v. building, please visit the Wrexham Inclusion website or Facebook page.
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