Millwall Football Club is set to host its first-ever ‘Community Day’ when Norwich City visit The Den this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The new initiative will see the club showcase the varied and far-reaching work of its Community Trust throughout an action-packed day in SE16.
Participants on the Trust’s Post-16 education course will be holding a bucket collection and giving away wristbands while the Lions Centre's 3G pitch will host two matches - one for Premier League Kicks attendees and another between Millwall’s and Norwich’s respective down’s syndrome teams.
Also taking place in the Lions Centre, in the Sports Hall between 12.30-2pm, will be Millwall’s regular matchday family fun zone but there will be added activities to mark the special occasion, including a bouncy castle, badge making, dart football, pool football and inflatable Twister.
Elsewhere there will be an inflatable penalty shootout next to SE16 Bar, while Community Trust staff and Post-16 students will also be present to inform fans of different courses and programmes from a marquee next to the Blue Bus.
Also next to the Blue Bus will be the Millwall Supporters’ Club marquee, where supporters can leave donations to Southwark Foodbank as the club uses its first-ever Community Day to re-launch the partnership with its local centre.
Staff and volunteers from the ‘Back the Bakerloo’ campaign - which the club is actively supporting - will also have a presence by the Blue Bus and will be handing out information leaflets about what is undoubtedly an important project for the local community.
Participants from the Trust’s regional training centre (RTC) and down’s syndrome team will adorn the cover of the matchday programme, which will also contain more than six pages of content covering the Trust’s yearly activities.
Young Lions fans Harvey Brown and Ellice Barr - two names familiar to fellow Millwall supporters - have been invited as special mascots, while all ball girls for the game will be from the RTC U16s group.
The Trust’s down’s syndrome team and all RTC age groups will take part in a half-time lap of honour while a special video, telling the story of the Trust’s work, is played on the big screen.
Millwall duo Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien have also donated match-worn boots which will be auctioned in the Sponsors’ Lounge to raise money for the Trust after the game.
Sean Daly, the Trust’s Football Development Manager, said: “We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who support the Trust, from players and club staff to fans, partners and the local community. As a self-financing charity, events like Community Day are so important in allowing us to continue our work in the local community, so please come and join in the celebrations.”
You can find out more about all of the Trust’s different programmes and initiatives on their website www.millwallcommunity.org.uk.