Footy mad kids from Worksop were treated to a special training ground experience thanks to Doncaster Rovers, and met a pop star as an added bonus.
Worksop Town Under 9s were invited to Rovers’ training complex, where they met the Championship club’s first team and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.
The pop singer was training with the squad ahead of his Rovers debut in the Final Third Development League against Rotherham United on 26th February.
Tomlinson was only too happy to pose for pictures with the Young Tigers, while Rovers keeper Ross Turnbull handed over a pair of signed gloves to Worksop stopper James Bradley.
The training ground experience came as a result of Worksop Town Under 9s topping Doncaster Rovers’ Group Experience Ticket leaderboard last season.
They kicked off the morning with an action packed training session with the Rovers Foundation coaches, before taking time out to watch the first team training session in action.
The boys then sat down in the canteen used by the first team, to a lunch made by the Rovers chefs.
The highlight of the day was a meet and greet session with the professional footballers.
Andy Parnell, the Worksop manager, said the trip was even better than they’d expected.
“We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone involved in our visit today, including the players and staff, the boys had an absolutely fantastic time and the experience far exceeded any of our expectations.”
A spokesman for Doncaster Rovers heaped praise on the boys for their skills and conduct.
“Not only did you impress our coaches during the training session but you represented your club extremely well throughout the day.”
“A thank you also to the managers who helped organise the visit and to the parents who came along to support the boys. “
Louis and the 1D boys will be attending The 2014 BRIT Awards TONIGHT! You can stream it below LIVE, stay tuned to Louis-Tomlinson.org for HQ photos of the event and video to follow. 🙂
One Direction’s Facebook page posted this message:
Are you ready guys? In ONE hour, we find out the hahstag to help the guys win the vote for BRITISH VIDEO!! If you LOVE Best Song Ever and you LOVE 1D, then you can help them WIN!! Remember, only ONE hashtag is counted per person – get everyone you know involved! Watch the BRIT Awards live here 1DHQ x
Congrats to Louis and 1D on the win for “Favorite Band” at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards! I’m so proud of you guys and all the fans that voted. The boys did not attend this year as they are resting up and back home, but big congrats to them! 🙂
Fans of One Direction heart-throb Louis Tomlinson have raised $22,222 – around £13,400 – in honour of the Doncaster lad’s 22nd birthday.
Scores of fans from across the globe made donations in dollars to Bluebell Wood children’s hospice as a gift to the singing sensation, who celebrated his birthday on Christmas Eve.
Fundraiser Amy Kathleen said: “Louis Tomlinson has done so much for fans and for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice so we, the fans, would like to give back – both to Louis and Bluebell Wood.
“We met our goal on December 22 and the donations have continued to come in.
“Thanks so much to everyone who supported the drive with donations, tweets and retweets, translating press releases, making T-shirt designs and all the other things you guys did to make this a success.”
Since shooting to fame as one fifth of the world’s hottest boyband, Louis has continued to support his local children’s hospice and is one of its patrons. Last year he was signed to Doncaster Rovers and appeared in a charity football match in aid of the good cause.
Louis said: “It was really important for me to support a local charity. Bluebell Wood is such a great cause and I’m very proud to be able to help them.”
After hearing about the fans’ fundraising, Louis’ mum tweeted: “Wow this is amazing and in Louis’ words, ‘Mum this would be so wonderful for Bluebell Wood!’ Thank you xxx.”
The hospice supports children with a shortened life expectancy by providing ongoing medical respite care for the child and support for family members.
Fans can continue to make donations by visiting www.justgiving.com/louisbirthday.
As we all know today is December 24 which means it’s Louis’ 22nd Birthday!
I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY Louis! From your fans here at Louis-Tomlinson.org I hope you have a fantastic and fun birthday with all of your family and friends. Thank you for being so good to your fans over the years, and always staying true to who you are. All of us at Louis-Tomlinson.org adore you and want to wish you a fantastic birthday. Happy Birthday Louis! 🙂