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Fantastic Fundraising by the U12s

posted 24 Oct 2014, 05:05 by Unknown user   [ updated 24 Oct 2014, 12:15 ]

U12s team from left to right: Lucy Winter, Samantha Piercy, Grace Barker-Roberts, Mia Brown, Charlie Clark, Dan Brown (Coach), Yael Adams, Ciara Maloney, Charlotte Chamberlaine (Note: Bailey Hewitt also took part but evaded the photographer!)

With the nasty winter weather looming, the U12s were keen to make the most of their training sessions by staying at least a little bit warm  and dry.  The perfect solution was the Watford Ladies Windbreaker Jacket but as with everything, there is a cost involved.  With that in mind, Coach Dan Brown conceived the idea of a sponsored event to raise the necessary funds and what could be better than combining the fund-raising with some fitness training and football-related fun?

The team therefore planned a 13 mile sponsored bike ride from our summer training ground in Watford’s Cassiobury Park to Berkhamsted, where our first team display the ultimate in footballing skill in their home matches. To add even more funds to the coffers, the team were allowed to shake some buckets at the Berkhamsted stadium.

With Watford Ladies first team’s last home match fixed for 12th October, the date was sorted and the girls met in Cassiobury. The route to Berkhamsted is simple; straight down the canal tow path. Amazingly though, there was one point where the team’s navigational skills still managed to take them the wrong way! After a brief detour along a public footpath, they were coralled back onto the correct route and continued at a steady pace.

Being thoroughbred athletes, the team’s nutritional needs were met with a delicate balance of both fast- and slow-release carbohydrates combined with rehydration agents. So after filling their faces with jam doughnuts, cookies, biscuits and fizzy drinks at a half-way stop in Apsley, the team continued at full pace to the Berkhamsted stadium. 

Only 2 miles before the destination, Mia suffered a puncture.  However, Dan was on hand to provide a pit-stop service and she was soon on her way again.  On arrival at the ground, the girls shook their buckets and were most grateful for the generosity of both home and away supporters.

The event raised an amazing £385, which is enough for a windbreaker each and possibly a beanie hat too.  The team would like to thank everyone who gave so generously and assure all sponsors and supporters that with this new kit, they will (almost certainly) win every game henceforth! 

Well done to the players who participated in the cycle ride, to Dan for organising it and to Julie for running logistics and organising the bucket-shaking.