We're well used to reporting on this site about Robins players putting in a great shift on the pitch on a Sunday, but on Saturday, players, parents and siblings from across the age groups put in several fantastic shifts, taking it in turns to "man (and woman) the buckets" in a charity collection for CALM at Tesco. As we reported earlier in the year, CALM are our chosen charity partners for the season and this was just the first of several efforts to raise funds for them by the club.
The U7s started the day at 10 am with the U13s arriving to take over for a 2-hour shift until they in turn were relieved by the U10s, across the 3 shifts we kept a good presence at the store collecting until just before 3pm when the final shift decamped en masse to cheer on Swindon Town in their 1-0 win against Fleetwood!
The day was a huge success, the charity would normally expect to raise around £400 with this sort of collection but in fact, thanks to the fabulous efforts from the Robins players, we raised over £700. Once matched donations are factored in from corporate sponsors and the like, the overall total could well rise to over £1,000. Which is a superb effort from all the players and we're very very proud of their efforts.
U7s Coach Antony Rutzler who was the driving force behind the collection was delighted with the response and thanked everyone involved who made it such a success, commenting "This just shows the amazing effort the Robins boys put in throughout the day and how much the Tesco customers warmed to the boys friendly and charming personalities and the great cause we were raising money for. I cannot thank everyone enough for your invaluable help and support on the day, this tremendous result could not have been achieved without your kindness and commitment". He went on to explain that events like this are an important part of Robins FC playing its role in the commmunity and teaching our young players valuable lessons about the good work they can do in the community. "As well as football skills, we want to teach the players about other walks and skills of life, like teamwork, leadership and community. We want the players to grow up knowing there is more to life than football and to help where they can."
The players' efforts made the local paper and you can read the Swindon Advertiser's report on the collection here
There's a gallery of photos from the day on our photos section here.