23rd February 2013

U8s enjoy great day out at the County Ground

Robins U8s enjoyed a great day out at the end of February when we went on the Swindon Town Football in the Community Club Day at the County Ground.

Instead of our usual Saturday morning training, we (foolishly the coaches said) decided to spend the whole day together as guests of the great guys at Football in the Community. The day started with a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the County Ground itself, sitting in the dug-out, visiting the players' and match officials' dressing rooms and the legendary Curly Withers' tea room!

Next it was on to the Astro pitches at St Josephs for a fun training sesssion - any of the kids who've been on any of the excellent half term and school holiday development courses the Football in the Community guys run will tell you they put on great fun training sessions and today was no exception. The kids had great fun and honed their passing and shooting skills before watching some of the Dads displaying their slightly less skillful prowess in a crossbar challenge. Moving on ....

Next it was time to recharge with a delicious lunch of pizza which, needless to say, the kids made short work of! Then back over to the County Ground, a quick visit to the club shop before settling down to enjoy the afternoon's game against Preston - the Robins contigent were fully (and very vocally!) behind Swindon for the full 90 minutes and all had a fantastic time. Finally, with the accompanying adults dead on their feet, but the kids still buzzing, it was time to head home. A great day out for all the team and our thanks again to Shane, Andy and all in the Football in the Community team.

A full gallery of photos from the day is available in our photos section here