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The X FACTOR comes to County!

The X FACTOR comes to County!
Posted on January 28, 2015
Archive : January 2015
Category : Events

As Saturday's game saw the return of the Stockport County Community Foundation's successful School's and Children's Initiative for a one-off special at Edgeley Park, the Family lounge was alive and kicking with a new talent at County, the recently signed Joe Noblett. 


As hundreds of Primary School children and High School guests were treated to goals galore with a County victory on the pitch, arriving for the pre match fun little did they know that a special visitor was set to entertain them in the Community Foundation hosted family lounge! As the newest County fans were welcomed with goody bags and pre match fun seven unsuspecting County players were interviewed by children with some very challenging questions and then the Community Foundation Host asked the unsuspecting players to sing ! 


After much encouragement County's new arrival Joe " Nobby "  Noblett confidently captured the attention of the packed family lounge as he sang a perfect rendition of a Script song to rapturous applause from the large audience of all ages.


Ian Lees, the Chairman of Stockport County's Community Foundation Charity which works regularly with over 18,000 children and young people across Stockport, Tameside and Derbyshire  was delighted, " It was great to see the kids having such fun at County. When we run the Family Lounge alongside our initiatives we try to ensure the children especially have a day out to remember but this guy was better than an X Factor finalist. He certainly won the talent crown from our player/ Community Coach Bobby Lofthouse. We hope to be allowed to organise more Community Foundation Initiatives in the Family Lounge later in the season. "


The Community Foundation's dancing bears were stopped in their tracks at the fantastic singing of young Mr Noblett and even County junior Supporter club's tuck shop was reverently quiet during Joe's performance. 


Vice Chairman of the charity, Helen Foster-Grime added, " Stockport County is first and foremost a Family and Community Club and we've certainly had some light entertainment off the pitch in recent years but Joe was outstanding. If Joe's footballing skills are anywhere near as terrific as his amazing voice then I'm sure he'll be featuring in our team soon. The players led by Danny Gregson and two of our player/ Community Foundation coaches, Nathan Woolfe and Danny Murray will hopefully be fighting for first team spots following injury soon but in the meantime they've given a new generation of young fans a terrific day out to remember. There's no club in the world like Stockport County."


The Foundation were joined in the lounge by other young players alongside The Community Foundation's Managers, Dave Wardle and Matthew Bailey and Disability Officer, Paralympian Jordan Raynes with Community Coach, Robbie Harrop who looked after the terrific ball boys from Bramhall North JFC . 


The Community Foundation Team would like to express their thanks to the club's Manager Alan Lord and Tracey for their kind cooperation and to the Children's Champions, John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of Help the Hatters, Ian and Brenda from the Junior Supporters and the Foundation's volunteer team of mainly children who all worked so hard together to make County memories for the visiting families and supporters.

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