These lucky youngsters had their own Match of the Day when they were guests at a recent Wycombe Wanderers FC home game, thanks to Rennie Grove Hospice Care supporter Micky Calcott.
The young hotshots’ treat was generously donated by the local businessman who successfully bid for the prize at Rennie Grove’s fundraising Question of Sport evening held at The Chairboys’ Adams Park ground last year.
Micky, a director at Chesham-based The Window Film Company, decided that the prize designed for a local school team should go to Ivingswood Academy, which he attended as a boy. The package included free tickets to the match for the youngsters and their mums and dads, plus kit donated by the Premier League and a half-time penalty shoot-out that saw the Ivingswood strikers net 16 against Wycombe’s mascot, Bodger.
The excited young fans also had the added joy of cheering their high-flying League Two team to triumph in a closely-fought 4-3 result against Carlisle.
“It was cold and wet but a great experience for the children,” said Ivingswood Academy head, Sally Haynes.
“Wycombe Wanderers were great hosts and everything went very smoothly. Micky and a colleague were at the game, which was a nail biter to the very end,” she added.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity, as this was something our pupils would never ordinarily have chance to experience.”
“I was pleased to be able to do something for my old school and to support a really worthwhile local charity at the same time,” explained Micky. “And even though it was a very cold day the kids had a great time and the parents seemed to enjoy it too!” he added.
The next Rennie Grove Question of Sport dinner takes place on Thursday 2 March in the luxurious setting of Sopwell House Hotel, St Albans, where there will be an interactive sports quiz and auction, hosted by Sky Sports legend Geoff Shreeves.
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