Gloucester City Football Club is delighted to announce the latest addition to its team with the arrival of a fantastic new, and unique, club mascot, which will compliment the existing initiatives aimed at engaging the community and enhancing the current match day experience for young fans. \r\n\r\nThe club already boasts a burgeoning community programme, which includes 100s of boys and girls in the youth development and Futsal schemes.\r\n\r\nThe new mascot, yet to be named, will be unveiled at the Tigers’ penultimate Conference North home game versus Chorley FC today at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nAs well as the club’s ‘Under 18s go free’ scheme, this season has seen the introduction of a new Young Tigers initiative, which includes hosting local youth teams/clubs on match days.\r\n\r\nYoungsters and their coaches/leaders are given a tour of the stadium, receive a talk about respect and preparing their minds and bodies before a game, form a guard of honour, wave flags and meet the players at the end of the game.\r\n
\r\n \r\n\r\nChildren aged 10 and over are also invited to be ball boys/girls for the day. These match day events have successfully welcomed over 650 children and 400+ parents in its first season; many had never experienced a Gloucester City match before.\r\n\r\nAdam Whitmore, who supports the Young Tigers initiative on match days explains.\r\n\r\n“It is hoped the mascot will enhance the match day experience for everyone, but particularly the younger fans.\r\n\r\n“We are constantly looking for ways to encourage a new generation of young fans to support the club as work goes on behind the scenes to return Gloucester City to Meadow Park.\r\n\r\n“The purchase of this mascot has only been possible as a result of the generosity of one of the club’s fans, who made an anonymous donation to be used to support youth initiatives.”\r\n\r\nAs well as having an active role to play on match days, the club also wants to use the mascot to reach out to other clubs/events in the city during the close season, for example by attending summer football tournaments.\r\n\r\n“The mascot provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the football club across our community whilst hopefully providing an additional attraction for spectators at such events” Whitmore said.\r\n\r\nAnyone who would like the mascot to attend an event is encouraged to contact the club directly.
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