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Meet the players on Saturday at another great event for fans

Join us on Saturday 20 April at the Cherry Red Records Stadium

18 April 2019

Meet the players and watch the squad in training at another fun event aimed at engaging with supporters.

On Easter Saturday from 12 noon, fans are invited to watch an open training session at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Watch manager Wally Downes preparing the squad for the all-important run-in, as the Dons battle to stay up. This will be a light session with it being held staged just a day after the Bristol Rovers game, but it offers a chance to take a look behind-the-scenes at training.

Wally Downes said: “I said in my programme notes this week that you often get gestures by clubs and players for the fans and it’s a one-off, but I don’t buy into that. I think you have to take it forward and any chance we’ve got to do something with the fans we will do that. We asked them to re-engage with us and we’ve put some effort in. I feel that connection has been made again and that’s got to carry on. We came up with this idea to hold it over Easter with the kids and if we can fix-up more of these type of events we will do.”

Aimed at younger Dons, there will be an Easter egg giveaway, plus a Q&A with our manager, but supporters of all ages will be welcome to attend.

The club shop will be open from 11.00 am and the bars will be open from 12 noon until the event is over.

The approximate schedule is as follow:

  • 12 noon – Open training (a light session due to Bristol Rovers match a day earlier)
  • 1.00 pm - Question and Answer session (for children only). Adults can be there, but questions will only be taken from children. (Under-16).
  • 1.30 pm – Players presented to supporters in the Your Golf Travel Bar.
  • 1.45 pm - Easter egg giveaway. A chance to meet the players with free Easter eggs for young Dons.

The picture above shows Joe Pigott and Michael Folivi with young Dons supporters and Haydon the Womble at last Friday’s #Together event. Staged in the car park at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, AFC Wimbledon Foundation were involved in a Metropolitan Police fun day. Young people got to understand more about their work and the emergency services with police dogs and vintage police cars at the event.

As well as this, our Foundation staged penalty shoot-outs and stadium tours, plus supporters got to meet players and Haydon the Womble.

Foundation coach Andy May said: “The day was a great success for the residents of Kingston upon Thames and was well attended by many AFC Wimbledon supporters, who were delighted to meet their footballing idols and Haydon the Womble.

“The day allowed the supporters and local residents the opportunity to sit in the changing rooms, stands and even the dugouts, while being given a private tour of the stadium. It was great to see so many people attending a great event, which was hosted and organised by the Metropolitan Police. It was a great concept of supporting our local police force in meeting the residents. It gave them the opportunity to understand the work that the police provide and to support what they do.”

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