Fleet players will be getting shipshape in April for our community “Fleet on the River Day” which is aimed to give local disabled children a fun day out during the Easter holidays. Nathan Ashmore, Danny Kedwell, Jack Powell and Aaron McLean will join Kenny Clark and nautical club mascot Hooky for the day which will take place in the Easter school holidays on Wednesday, 12th April, at Gravesend Sailing Club.
Community partners Gravesend Maritime Volunteer Service have worked with club director Stuart Butler-Gallie and Kenny Clark to offer young disabled people the chance to access the River Thames using MVS’s rigid inflatable boats and various other craft.
Although the take-up from Fleet fans from recent publicity at home games has been low, places on the day have been offered to local groups such as Big Local, KASBAH (providing support services to people with physical and/or learning difficulties across Kent) and Riverside Active Lives (which aims to promote independence for adults with physical and sensory disabilities). As a result, MVS and EUFC hope to offer a great day out for up to 30 young people.
Members of Danny Kedwell’s EUFC U15s side will also attend to provide helping hands on the day and to supervise a football match and penalty shootout along the promenade whilst guests await their turn on the boats. Background activities will include music, videos in the clubhouse explaining more about the good work of the MVS and a combined “Know your local Football Club and River Quiz” with a chance to win various prizes donated by the club.
Wednesday, 12th April, was specifically chosen for the event to catch the high tide (which arrives at 15.00) during the middle part of the day. The timetable for the day includes:
12.00 / arrive at Gravesend Sailing Club
12.30 / safety briefing and life-jackets fitted
13.00 / first trips on the River Thames start
13.00 – 15.00 / BBQ organised by The Bench Café (ably assisted by Hooky!)
14.00 – 16.00 / 5-a-side football on The Promenade
13.00 – 17.00 / trips along the River Thames
17.00 / event finishes
Other guests on the day will hopefully include MVS Council Members; The Mayor of Gravesham Councillor Greta Goatley; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Rosemary Diamond; and local Gravesham Borough Councillors.
It’s not too late for Fleet fans who know of any disabled young people who would like to attend this event to contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01474 533796 to let us know if they would like to join the lads on the river.