Charity guests cheer on Bognor Regis Town

Guests from a charity that has been chosen to sponsor the shirts of Bognor Regis Town watched on as the Rocks chalked up a victory to kick off the tie-in.

A young Bognor fan on Tuesday night. Picture by Lyn Philips
A young Bognor fan on Tuesday night. Picture by Lyn Philips

The visitors to Nyewood Lane from the Apuldram Centre were able to cheer on manager Jack Pearce's men, coached by Robbie Blake, as they beat Carshalton Athletic 2-1 in the Isthmian premier division match on Tuesday.

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Rocks supporter Gordon Lawson won the main prize of shirt sponsorship of the first team for the season and donated it to the Apuldram Centre, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. It is an independent registered charity which has delivered services in Chichester and surrounding area for 30 years.

Bognor fans on Tuesday night. Picture by Lyn Phillips

The Apuldram Centre's services include a dedicated day centre offering “meaningful and enterprising daytime occupational activities such as: horticultural, both on and off site; woodwork; cookery and arts and crafts”. They also support a number of people in the Chichester area to live independently in their own tenancies -- and run a community outreach service, Hub Club, three times a week in central Chichester.

Rocks boss Jack said: "It was lovely to be able to enjoy a win and to see smiles on the faces of the supporters and, of course, our very welcome guests from the Apuldram Centre. We look forward to seeing them at matches in the future and we very much value their support. We hope that as a club we can deliver performances worthy of carrying their logo on our shirts and we look forward to promoting their fantastic work throughout the season.

"We would also like to thanks the Lawsons, Gordon and Louise, for their generosity and continued support for the club.”