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Kids in Charge is back!

Popular event returns at Cheltenham Town match

27 February 2018

Exeter City is delighted to be able to extend yet another exciting opportunity for young supporters to go behind the scenes at St James Park!

Yes, the very popular Kids in Charge is back! Last year a record 54 children participated in the event. Could this year be even bigger and better?

Kids in Charge made a successful debut at City’s match against Stevenage back in 2016 and was followed up as City took on Morecambe in 2017. We now have a record TWENTY TWO opportunities available for junior supporters to go behind the scenes at Exeter City’s match against Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018.

As in previous years these are genuine, money-cannot-buy opportunities at Exeter City.

The club are delighted with the number of young fans we continue to see coming through the turnstiles at St James Park. The introduction of the Junior Grecians Family Zone on match days, exclusively for families before the match, has seen the Junior Grecian membership quadruple and is heading towards the magic 500 milestone. If you have not visited the family zone with your children why not take the opportunity on your next visit to St James Park.

As part of our Kids in Charge we’re giving our younger fans aged between 6 and 12 the chance to apply for special roles here at SJP.

Most of the opportunities up for grabs will happen on the match day, with other lucky youngsters getting to visit the Cliff Hill Training Ground on Thursday April 5 (during easter holidays) to interview the manager and players as part of the weekly press call! 

Last season’s Kids in Charge day received glowing reviews. With parents observing it really is events like this that reinforce Exeter City as a Community Club committed to the family audience. The genuine offer of exciting and rewarding opportunities really does seem to have gone down well and become one of the season’s highlights.

Applications can be made online by visiting, and need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 14 March (the day after the rearranged game at home to Yeovil Town).

Each winner’s parents will be contacted by email with the good news and details of any short-listing processes.

On the day we’ll be following each winner during their time at the club, catching them on camera/video and getting their thoughts on their experiences and on the game.

The available roles are:

  • Chairman for the day
  • Club Director
  • Matchday Steward 
  • Mascot 
  • Ball Girl/Boy
  • Groundsman 
  • Ground Safety Manager 
  • Players’ Car Park Assistant 
  • Scoreboard Operator 
  • Matchday PA Assistant 
  • Matchday Reporter
  • 360 Video Assistant
  • Devon Live analyst
  • Retail Assistant in the Club Shop
  • Tombola assistant 
  • Trust Ground Tour Leader 
  • Hospitality Master of Ceremonies
  • Heritage Lounge Master of Ceremonies
  • Cliff Hill Training Ground Reporter 
  • Ambassador 
  • Guard of Honour Manager 
  • Programme Seller

To apply for any of the roles please visit: by 5pm on Wednesday March 14.

Role descriptions:

Shadow Exeter City chairman of the board Julian Tagg/a director for the afternoon. This role Includes access to all parts of the Stadium to make sure the operation runs smoothly off the field. 

You will need to be conversational and smartly dressed youngster who will be happy to sit in luxury for a game and watch from the best seats in the house!

  • You and up to three family members will enter the stadium through the VIP Entrance
  • Enjoy pre-match gold ticket hospitality in the Trust Suite/board room and mingle with our club directors and other VIP guests
  • Take your seats in the IP Office Main Stand for the game with your family 
  • Enjoy refreshments at half-time 
  • Be involved in the man-of-the-match ceremony after the game

Notes: Smart dress code is required in our board room – no jeans or football shirts are allowed! 

Accompany our regular PA team, introducing the mascots, presentations and of course the half-Time City Community Trust shoot-out. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, confident youngster who won’t mind speaking on the microphone (don’t worry, we can practice beforehand!).

  • Help interview our Junior chairman for the day on the microphone
  • Visit the PA box and discover how our team play the music 
  • Enjoy the game with up to three family members from seats by the dugouts

Notes: Warm clothing and suitable footwear are needed for the day. Tickets for up to three accompanying family members will be provided.

TV, radio and written media attend each Exeter City game and now you can join them. We’re after an aspiring journalist to take a look behind-the-scenes and see what our media manager gets up to on a matchday.

  • Collect your press pass for the day which will allow you exclusive access around the stadium.
  • Shadow our media manager and the team who collect the line-ups from the two teams and help type up the official team sheets 
  • Watch the game from the vicinity of the press box and observe how the different journalists work 
  • Watch the manager and player interviews after the game. You can even have your own post-match interview in front of the camera if you like!

Notes: Tickets will be provided adjacent to the press box for up to three accompanying family or friends.

Thursday, April 6* (12-2.00pm approx.)
Fancy visiting the Cliff Hill Training Ground during your half-term break? We’re after two budding young journalists who fancy a sneaky peak around the training ground and asking Paul Tisdale and coaches/players some questions as part of the normal press call on Media Day Thursday April 6*.

  • Tour of the training ground
  • Get to watch training 
  • Observe the weekly press conference with Paul Tisdale and the local press and ask your own questions!

Notes: Winners will need to be able to visit the training ground from mid-day until approximately 2.00pm on Thursday, April 6*. Photos and video of your visit may be taken for media purposes. *Date may vary.

An opportunity to attend the 12.30pm Steward briefing and help to make sure we enjoy a safe game. 

The steward for the afternoon includes access to all parts of the ground to make sure the operation runs smoothly off the field.  You will need to be conversational and be able to wear something yellow/orange if possible! 

You will visit the ‘control tower’ and help with CCTV surveillance.

Join the ground safety manager in the ‘control tower’. The role will involve:

  • Arriving at the ground around 1pm and helping brief the steward geam
  • Observing cctv and moving the camera angle

Shadow Maurice and Big Col between 11:30am and 2pm.

  • Help the players park their cars safely in the car park
  • Keep order as autograph hunters mingle around the players along with others keen to get selfies.

Notes: Smart warm dress code is required and if possible something yellow.

Shadow Grecian the Lion, and help create mayhem as he entertains the fans before the match and at half-time!

  • You get to spend time on the pitch
  • Help adjudicate the half-time shoot out

This post has proved the crème de la crème in both of the last two seasons. Shadow the Hospitality master of ceremonies for the afternoon. You will need to be conversational, confident on the microphone, smartly-dressed and happy to sit in luxury for a game and watch from the best seats in the house!

  • Enjoy pre-match Gold Ticket hospitality with up to 3 family members in the Trust Suite   
  • Help interview the player/guest in the Supporters’ Trust Suite.
  • Take the player on a tour of the executive boxes.
  • Help with half-time/end of match competition
  • Help with the end of game presentations to player of the match and our sponsors that afternoon. 

Notes: Smart dress code is required in hospitality and the executive Boxes – no jeans or football shirts are allowed.

Shadow our head groundsman Clive Pring in preparing, watering and marking the pitch from 9am-noon. 
You might even get a ride on the Grecian Tractor.

Notes: Very warm clothes needed. Your parent(s) should also dress appropriately as they will be sitting in the cold watching you prepare the pitch.

The role will see you join the team of Ball Boy/Girl’s around the outside of the pitch, and to make sure the ball is quickly returned to the players when it leaves the pitch. 

You will be needed from 1.30pm until the end of the match, and a tracksuit is required.

Shadow the matchday operator for the afternoon. Location cannot be guaranteed so you will need to be smartly-dressed and happy to sit anywhere! 

  • Press the magic button for goal updates

Notes: Smart dress code is required – no jeans or football shirts are allowed.

Take your family and our other guests on the match day ground tour organised by the Exeter City Supporters' Trust. This might be at a different home game, subject to demand.

Shadowing one of the team selling the matchday programme ‘The Grecian’. No experience is necessary and you will get to take home a copy!

Helping to select and coach the guard of honour from the stand. No experience necessary.

Assisting the team that have earned a glowing reputation this season for helping direct and answer supporters questions.

You will get to join the two-man camera team that create SJP360 to help film the pre-match build-up.

To join the Devon Live reporter around the press box for the first-half of the match to see how they report on the match and to support them.

Help man the popular stall in red square, collecting money and handing out prizes and stickers!

Join the staff in the busy club shop and help to serve customers on the matchday and replenish stock, see how shirts are printed!

The club are extremely grateful for the support and contribution of our match day staff often accommodating extra children so that none are disappointed. Every effort will be made to minimise disappointment.

To apply for any of the roles please visit: by 5pm on Wednesday March 14.

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