Sharing smiles and hope

Noah Dougherty
Monday 16 December 2019

The Forest Green Rovers Academy have been embracing the spirit of Christmas in recent weeks, the players lending a helping hand in the local community, and having a little bit of fun.

On Monday, all of the Academy Schoolboys added a special Christmas twist to their training session, as they donned Christmas jumpers, costumes and hats, and brought along a gift to be given to a child who really needs it this December. 

Academy schoolboys in Christmas jumpers

“This time of year is all about giving back,” said head of Academy Hannah Dingley.

“It’s a time to think about people less fortunate than yourself, and it’s important that these lads know how hard life can be for some people.

“They need to understand just how lucky they are, and this is a great way to do that.”

On Friday, the Under 18 squad, and boss Chris Barker, popped into Kids Stuff in Brimscombe to help them prepare for a busy period over the next few weeks.

With arms full of the academy’s clothes and toys to donate, the Rovers starlets headed to the food bank to help stack shelves, hang up clothes and sort gifts.

Kids Stuff is a fantastic project that helps people help each other. They provide support for the most vulnerable children in the district, and empower mothers to improve their current situations by offering them flexible work opportunities.

You can find out more about Kids Stuff HERE.