Free Kicks Day – Players, Management and Staff to donate % of wages.

An amazing gesture, we are beyond grateful to everybody at Peterborough United for their incredible support.

Ahead of Monday’s Free Kicks Day at the ABAX Stadium, the football club have announced they will be making a donation to the charity.

The Peterborough United first team squad, management and club staff will donate a percentage of their weekly wage to the club’s chosen charity, the Free Kicks Foundation ahead of the New Year’s Day fixture with Doncaster Rovers, a game that has been designated as ‘Free Kicks Day’.

The players made the decision to make the donation earlier this week and club captain Jack Baldwin, who is also an ambassador of the charity, said: “When I first arrived at Peterborough, I found out about the wonderful work that the Free Kicks Foundation do for youngsters and I am honoured to be one of their ambassadors.

“The supporters have donated to the charity and we felt that it was important that we did too, so as a squad we are happy to donate a percentage of our weekly wage to help make more dreams come true for kids at football. We will be proud to be wearing a special shirt with their name across our chests on Monday and thank them for the amazing work that they continue to do.”

A club spokesman said: “Alongside the players, the club’s management team and behind the scenes staff have agreed to make a donation to the Free Kicks Foundation. We have all seen what wonderful work that they do.”

Steve Thorpe from the Free Kicks Foundation said: “We would like to thank the players,management and staff of Peterborough United for their incredible generosity, this is a wonderful gesture and shows the commitment the whole football club has to Free Kicks during this season. We truly appreciate this donation which will enable us to arrange so many more days out for local disadvantaged children.”

The game with Doncaster will see the players wear a special shirt featuring the Free Kicks Foundation logo and all shirts will be auctioned off afterwards to raise money for the charity, with details available later in the week.

The football club are proud to be working alongside the Free Kicks Foundation. You can donate to the foundation at www.freekicksfoundation.org

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Day 12 – Happy Christmas Everybody and launch of 7,000 for £2k

It’s Christmas Eve! The final day of our 12 days of Free Kicks countdown.

So here’s a festive reminder of what we’re up to:

The Doncaster game on New Year’s Day has been designated Free Kicks Day and we are honoured that the players will be wearing our name on the front of the match day shirts. We will then auction these shirts in the New Year.

Pre-match they will also be wearing warm up shirts with our logo on; again these will be available early next year.

The raffle is still ongoing and tickets will be available up to 7th January, or until we sell out. The first prize is a brilliant day out at The Mick George Training Academy.

We are still looking for volunteers to take part in the half time ‘Chip in the Skip’ competition, with Mick George Ltd pledging to donate £20 for every successful attempt.

Finally we are today launching an attempt to bring in a crowd of over 7,000 for Free Kicks Day. At the start of the season Darragh MacAnthony pledged to donate £2,000 everytime The Posh get a home league attendance over that figure.

We would love as many Posh and Doncaster fans to come along on January 1st to help us raise even more funds on Free Kicks Day!

Here’s a message from Posh captain and Free Kicks ambassador, Jack Baldwin.

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All there is for us to do now is to thank all of you for the support we have received during 2017 and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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Day 11 – West End star to read out the teams on Free Kicks Day #12daysofFreeKicks

It’s day 11 of our countdown, only two more announcements and then it’s Christmas! Today we’re delighted to announce that we have managed to persuade a West End star to read out the teams on New Year’s Day.

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You may remember Dan from when he was mascot at the Bradford game earlier in the season, where he received one of the biggest cheers of the season when he scored a goal at the London Road End. Well since his day of stardom at the Abax, he has gone on to even bigger and better things. During the last week it was announced live on the BBC One Show that he would be appearing in the starring role of The Christmasaurus at the Hammersmith Apollo over the Christmas period.

We are delighted to welcome Dan back on Free Kicks Day, where he will have the important job of reading out the teams from pitchside ahead of the match, alongside matchday announcer David Fuller.

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Day 10 – Free Kicks Logo on Posh shirts #FreeKicksDay #12DaysofFreeKIcks

On Day 10 of our Countdown to Christmas we have another exciting reveal ahead of Free Kicks Day on January 1st. With thanks to Mick George Ltd and Peterborough United, we are delighted to announce that, for one game only, our own charity logo will replace the Mick George logo on the front of the Posh blue home shirts. This is a huge honour and a proud day for us as Posh fans and will also bring Free Kicks national exposure.
Early in the New Year we will be auctioning these unique shirts so that Posh fans can get their hands on them and we can raise more funds to keep up the work we do in 2018.

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Once each shirt has been washed and signed by the individual player we will publish details of how the auction will take place.

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Neil Johnson, Technical Waste Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The front of shirt offers a great location for exposure, hence its inclusion within our partnership with Peterborough United FC. We’ve witnessed first-hand the many benefits associated, and hope it proves equally as positive for Free Kicks. Much like ourselves, Free Kicks’ frequently utilise their connection with the Club to offer money can’t buy experiences for fans, and for that, their efforts should be applauded.’’

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Day 9 – The most important people are the Mascots! #12daysofFreeKicks

Today’s feature allows us to introduce to you three very important people who will be taking centre stage at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday…they are the three young winners of our Mascot Competition that we ran a few weeks ago.

We asked the people of Peterborough to nominate a child or young person to us who they thought deserved to win the opportunity to be a Peterborough United team mascot at the game against Bury on December 23rd and originally our plan was to choose just one. However, we were inundated with emails and had dozens of suggestions from parents, aunties and uncles, friends and relatives of amazing local children. When we got together with Posh captain Jack Baldwin, we realised we couldn’t narrow it down to just one winner. Between us, we managed to select a final three but then decided to offer all of them the winning prize and are delighted that all three will join us at the game this Saturday.

The very deserving winners are:

Tyler aged 7. Favourite player is Gwion Edwards
Kyle aged 11. Favourite player is Leo da Silva Lopes
Harry aged 5. Favourite player is Chris Forrester

The boys will get to meet the players in the dressing room before the game to collect their autographs and have their pictures taken before heading off on a tour around the ABAX Stadium. Then, wearing their brand new Posh kits, they will take to the pitch for a skills session before eventually walking out with the team ahead of kick off. We hope all three boys enjoy the day and that this experience gets their Christmas off to a wonderful start.

We would like to thank Edmundson Electrical for their support, Jack Baldwin and all at Peterborough United for helping to make these dreams come true.

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