It all started when…
Several exiled Port Vale supporters from around the world grouped together, creating a fund to pay for carefully selected families to watch Vale home games. The object was to give derving families a taste of real live football for the first time.
Through an initiative known as Super Vale Abroad, the supporters, living and working as far afield as Australia and the USA, joined forces with the Vale Park Community Initiative and the Port Vale Foundation to arrange for familes to enjoy a matchday experience at Vale Park.
Contributions donated by the exiled supporters, and partners from the community, fund match tickets for each family together with transport to the ground on matchday, and in addition each of the children attending are enrolled as Junior Valiants, courtesy of Synectics Solutions Ltd and are presented with their membership pack prior to kick-off.
Patrick Scragg, originally from Light Oaks, and who now lives in the Central Coast in Australia is the leader of the group and originator of the Super Vale Abroad concept. “I am delighted that the idea is coming to fruition.
“There are quite a few exiled Vale supporters around the globe who would love to be at Vale Park to watch their heroes playing but nowadays they rarely have the opportunity to do so.
“Through the donations we have pulled together, families who have never been to Vale Park will effectively be taking our place on matchday and hopefully they will enjoy their first taste of League Football.”
The Port Vale Foundation Trust manage the project and liaise with local schools to help select the families who will attend. Tom Sherratt, the Foundation Manager, who has been instrumental in formulating the details of the scheme, is delighted with the support.
“This is a wonderful gesture by a group of loyal Port Vale supporters who through their generosity enable families to experience live football for the first time and hopefully become lifelong Vale Supporters.
“We will do our utmost in conjunction with the group and through support from Synectics Solutions and the Vale Park Community Initiative, to make this successful not only this season but hopefully sustainable for seasons to come.”
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