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The Big Celebration
*Fun Day Success - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 30th Mar 17

With the continued success of the team on the field, it’s easy to forget the work that goes on off-the-field to involve the community and help grow the Solihull Moors fanbase.

Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to Barrow meant that we weren’t able to celebrate a win for The Moors but we were all treated to the ‘Big Celebration’- an event driven by our community department.

The afternoon gave us all the chance to celebrate the continued growth of the club’s fanbase as well as introduce new supporters to the club.

It was an action-packed day at The Automated Technology Group Stadium with activities for kids of all ages including 5-a-side tournaments, face painting and a bouncy castle, to name a few, on an afternoon that was made even better by the glorious weather!

             

             

The Moors’ Director of Sport, Mark Fogarty, played a crucial role in making this event a success and he was delighted by the response he and his team received.

He said: “The celebration day was a huge success in terms of numbers. We got about an extra 1,000 people on the gate and there were over 400 on the training area taking part in the various competitions.

“We hope to have achieved our task of bringing more fans into the ground that haven’t been here before and we hope that they will come back again and again.”

There was also an extremely special moment for some of our disability players at half-time. They were given a rare opportunity to play a small-sided game on the pitch in front of the 1,820 people in attendance.

“The biggest feel good factor of all for Solihull Moors was to see the look on the faces of some of the disability players on the pitch at half time. One player in particular, Tom, was running the length of the pitch clapping the supporters!

“Those players have not had the chance to play in a team like they’re doing now for us and also to play in front of nearly 2,000 people on the pitch at half-time. That is the thing that I am most proud of and it’s a fantastic thing that everyone here has made possible,” Fogarty said.

The event took around two months of planning and there has been a huge amount put into the marketing side of things to ensure the day was a success.

A massive thank you must go to all of the staff and volunteers who made the Big Celebration possible. Special mentions go to Barry Walker who went into schools alongside Mark and delivered talks in assemblies as well as providing free sessions for the children.

             

Jono Hall from the supporters club did an excellent job with all the work he and his team did. They managed to bring three coach loads of people in from Chelmsley Wood free of charge!

On the day, Anthony Hasker and Andy Skipp played vital roles throughout and the event wouldn’t have been a success without these people and the other volunteers.

Thank you, finally, to all of the supporters who came along for the day and got involved with all of the activities and played their part in what was a great afternoon at a packed Damson Park. We hope you continue to back The Moors and hopefully we will see even more fresh faces getting involved and supporting the club in the near future!

Photos Courtesy of Steve Feeney

 
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