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 !
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.
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 .
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