The kids can't wait!
With the site shut down for the weekend, the first ever five-a-side game took place within the shell of Charlbury's new Community Centre last Friday (2nd December), under the watchful eye of legendary referee, James Batty (high vis jacket) and Charlbury FC's Paul Jenkins. James, who also happens to be Beard's site manager for the project, created a safe zone within the structure and only allowed the children on site once he had issued a safety briefing. With the rules established, he officiated over the game with an equally firm hand, deeming it necessary to issue a number of red cards. Oh dear.
Paul, manager and coach of two junior football teams in Charlbury and trustee of the Thomas Gifford Trust, organised the event. "The children really enjoyed having a taste of what's to come. A big thank you to them for being so sporting (and allowing themselves to be red-carded!) and we're especially grateful to James for facilitating the occasion. It will be fantastic for Charlbury Town FC, that provides training for 14 teams, and the other sports clubs in the town to have their very own state-of-the art facility to use all year round." For safety reasons, this was the last opportunity to use the site until the building opens next Autumn, as the construction will become increasingly complex over the coming months.
Paul, on behalf of the trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust, said "We would all like to thank you for your patience during the construction work. We hope we can count on your continued support by casting your vote in the important Parish Poll this coming Thursday (8th December)".
Photo courtesy of Edmund Blok