Notts County Community Day a Massive Success
15th June 2012
Thursday 15th June saw Notts County FC hosting schools, youth football teams and charities from all over Nottinghamshire for a day of fun and activities at Meadow Lane stadium as part of the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Under the guidance of current coaching staff and former club legends, over 1,500 children took part in a variety of games, quizzes and competitions in and around the stadium, and got the chance to emulate their footballing heroes on the pitch itself.
URN spoke to the voice of BBC Radio Nottingham’s football coverage, and Master of Ceremonies for the day’s events, Colin Slater, who explained in detail what the day was all about.
The club’s community day marked the culmination of a wide variety of community activities that the club supports, as well as topping off the club’s anniversary celebrations this year. Notts County Media Officer Jamie Dixon described the significance of the event to Jack Maclaren.
With the sun beaming down over the hallowed Meadow Lane turf, the day surpassed even the highest expectations of its organisers. When Michael Gaffney spoke to club Community Officer Matt Lawson, he was clearly delighted with how the day’s events were proceeding.
The culmination of the day was the burial of a time capsule under the centre circle of the pitch, to be excavated in 50 years time when Notts County becomes the world’s first Football League club to reach 200 years old. In the midst of such historic events, there was no-one better for URN to talk to about what the day meant than Notts County’s all-time record goalscorer and veritable club legend, Les Bradd, who explained what the community day meant in the context of all of the club’s anniversary celebrations.
All in all the community day was hugely successful, and most importantly the children whom the event was set up for clearly had a fantastic time. No doubt many of them will be packing out the stands at Meadow Lane for years to come, and today will have laid the foundations for Notts County’s next 150 years to be even more prosperous than its last. No doubt this venerable institution of English Football will continue to play a key role supporting the Nottingham community for a great many years to come.