Pack out Blundell Park for Hull City friendly and show your support for young Grimsby Town players
GRIMSBY Town need fans to pack out Blundell Park for their friendly against Hull City and help support the next generation of young Mariners.
All proceeds from next Friday’s cross-Humber clash against the Tigers (7.30pm) will go towards the club’s Youth Academy, which currently boasts eight age groups and over 100 talented youngsters.
Last season, the club’s hopes of using the high-profile pre-season game as a fundraiser were dashed when City cancelled the match in favour of a home tie against Premier League giants Liverpool.
But having rearranged the friendly this year, staff at the club are determined to make it a success and have launched a range of initiatives to encourage fans to the game.
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Thanks to the exclusive money-off voucher below, Grimsby Telegraph readers can snap up match tickets at a specially reduced rate of just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
The voucher will also enable you to enter a young Mariners fan into a draw to win one of four fantastic match-day mascot packages for the game.
Winners will be given a full replica kit, get to meet the players and lead the team out for the match.
A shirt, signed by England’s Euro 2012 squad will also be among the prizes to add to the total proceeds raised on the night.
In recent years, a number of players have progressed through the youth ranks at Grimsby Town and gone to impress for the first team.
And Academy manager Adam Smith said the success of those players highlights the importance and value of a strong youth set-up.
“The current first team squad boasts three products of the Academy in Bradley Wood, Andi Thanoj and most recent graduate Dayle Southwell who joined the Club at under 11’s,” he said.
“Moving forward, its vital the Academy can continue to support the first team’s player recruitment, ensuring players who progress through the scheme do so with the necessary technical skills and attributes to allow them to compete in the current environment.” he said.
“There are numerous initiatives the Youth Department and the Parent Partnership Action Group are working extremely hard on, in order to raise the funds to maintain and develop the Academy programme.
“However, the game against Hull City provides us with an opportunity to raise a substantial amount of money in one hit.
“In difficult financial times, parents, family, friends and supporters of GTFC are able to play their part in helping to secure the department’s future for the donation of the cost of a ticket.
“The recent success of Trawling the Town, the involvement of Alan Buckley and various other projects we have on the horizon all lend to a “feel good” factor around the Academy at the moment.
“The funds we raise for the game will go directly to the PPAG who by working in partnership with the Academy staff will ensure all the money raised is re-invested into the Academy” he said.
Mariners fans are reminded that they only have until noon today to take advantage of the club’s reduced season ticket offer. The club shop will be open from 9am to midday. For more information, visit www.gtfc.co.uk.