Stoppers do their bit for ATASS’s fundraising for Sport Relief
Exeter City goalkeepers Artur Krysiak, Christy Pym and James Hamon were recently tending the net for charity, as they were the guest shot-stoppers at ATASS Group’s penalty shoot-out competition in aid of Sport Relief.
ATASS invited the Grecians’ goalkeepers along to their five-a-side pitch at their award-winning Oxygen House headquarters to support and sponsor the event. It proved a novel and fun way for ATASS staff and management to raise some serious cash towards the record-breaking total of over £53 million for Sport Relief 2014. ATASS set an in-house fundraising record of their own by collecting an incredible £1,900 with their Sport Relief efforts, which helps some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.
All that practice on the five-a-side pitch certainly came in handy, as Grecians stopper Artur Krysiak shut-out Fleetwood Town the next day as they triumphed 3-0 at St James Park!
And as well as being part of a fun event on the pitch – which went on a little longer than expected, thanks to the goalkeeping heroics of James Hamon in the sudden-death shoot-out! – each of the Exeter City goalkeepers also rode a leg of ATASS’s ‘static bike ride’ challenge (which ultimately saw 200 miles covered in nine and a half hours), as well as donating pairs of signed gloves to be auctioned off by ATASS to add to the fundraising total.
ATASS are sponsors and supporters of Exeter City, and recently gave the club’s Football in the Community charity a big boost by sponsoring its Kick Start project, which provides weekly top-up sessions to Year 9 students that aren’t realising their potential at school and ensures they are in the best possible position to engage with school when they begin working towards their GCSEs.
Vanessa Cobb, Head of CSR and Communications at ATASS Ltd, said: “We were absolutely delighted that all three players could join us – we’ve proudly supported Exeter City for a long time and it was a wonderful surprise when the club decided to return the gesture. We were even more pleased that City won the following day and now see ourselves as their good luck charm!”