Nailers to stage Bobby Robson Day activities

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Belper Town FC is supporting Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, a celebration of grassroots football and its 400,000 volunteers.

The Football Association has supported and developed football over the last 150 years to be the most popular team sport in England.

Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day will be a platform to raise awareness of the work of his cancer charity - the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day will take place on Saturday, August 10. On this date, the FA has invited football clubs across the country to open their doors to their local community.

This will see 150 ‘showcase’ community football events take place, giving local communities the opportunity to get involved with their clubs. Locally, the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day will be marked at Christchurch Meadow, Belper when Belper Town play Stocksbridge Park Steels (3pm) in a pre-season friendly.

Belper Town spokesman Dave Laughlin said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate the life of Sir Bobby and the legacy that he has left for football.

“On August 10, we will be holding open football coaching sessions for local children under 12 immediately before the game and a penalty shoot-out at half time. Children in that age group who are interested in getting involved are welcome to come along and enjoy the opportunity of playing football at Christchurch Meadow.

“They just need to arrive at the ground at 2pm to be registered and take part in the coaching sessions and a number will also be invited to take part in the penalty shoot-out competition at half-time. Children will be admitted free and admission prices have been reduced to £5 for adults and £3 for concessions for this match. The invitation is also extended to budding coaches and people who might want to become volunteer helpers at the club, where there are a multitude of opportunities to become involved.”