All the nominations received for children to take part in the matchday Guard of Honour have now been allocated.
If your child or children are still thinking about taking part it is not too late. The club will continue to select children from a different stand every week. Howeverm if you want to ensure your child has a flag for a particular game please let us know.
When the flag waving Guard of Honour was introduced in 2013 the intention was to ensure that every child had an opportunity to participate in the match day, and go on the pitch to welcome the teams to the field of play.
If your son, daughter or grandchild has not been involved in the Guard of Honour now is your opportunity to make sure they do not miss out.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know four things:
- Which stand you use
- How many children you want to be involved (especially if it is part of a birthday treat)
- Their age(s)
- The matches you will probably be attending between now and the end of season
Subject to the weather the Guard of Honour assembles at 2:30. Parents are both welcome AND encouraged to join in the activity. The primary advantage of parents being involved is that they can take pictures when the children meet Grecian the Lion or take up their position on the field. Parents also form part of the safeguarding process to ensure the children get back to their seats/stand safely.
After assembling, the Guard of Honour (and parents) move to the far side of ground to get some practice in waving their flags, which also presents an opportunity for Grecian to pose for photographs.
When the players finish their warm up the Guard of Honour go on their 'lap of honour' in front of the stands to the players’ tunnel. After they have been on the field and welcomed the teams and officials onto the pitch they receive their “gift” (normally a packet of sweets) and certificates of participation.
We hope to make this a really good occasion for the Children so any observations from parents whose children have already taken part would be more than welcome as we strive to improve the money can’t buy opportunity next season.
One mum's tweet says it all:
Thank you from a very happy Ethan! He’s had a blast! pic.twitter.com/NdSl5H7nUR— Lady Fiona (@fionapyle) January 6, 2018