Brighton FC launch football events with college


BRIGHTON and Hove Albion Football Club and Albion in the Community (AITC) have announced plans for a number of events in Rye next month.

It will give hundreds of local school children and students the chance to take part in a range of activities and fans the opportunity to win tickets to Brighton’s AMEX Stadium.

The Albion Rye Roadshow will see the club and its charitable arm link-up with Rye College to put on the activities. The initiative is being piloted in Rye.

The roadshow will kick-off with a special 6-aside football tournament for local primary schools on Wednesday March 6 with the club’s Young Seagulls team including club mascot ‘Gully’ leading other fun activities for children on the day.

Club and AITC staff will then deliver a number of coaching and eduation sessions with Rye College students the following day.

The sessions will include futsal, football-themed numeracy and literacy lessons and schools masterclasses where students will learn how to apply Apple-based technology to the their learning.

The two days will round off with a free fans’ forum event at The George Hotel in Rye where the club’s chief executive, Paul Barber, will be joined by first-team coach and former captain Charlie Oatway and a host of other former players for a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Fans who attend the event will get a free pie and pint and the chance to win free tickets to see the Albion play at the Amex. Other prizes will include free tours of the iconic stadium voted the world’s best new sporting venue at the 2012 International Stadiums Awards.

Paul Barber, Chief Executive, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club said: “This is an exciting period in Brighton & Hove Albion’s history and over the two days we want to give people in Rye a flavour of what the club and Albion in the Community are about.

“As a club we are extremely proud of our Sussex identity and the support we have in communities in every corner of the county. We want to build on this and develop the work of Albion in the Community in these areas in the months and years ahead.”

Ann Cockerham, Executive Principal of Rye College added: “We are grateful to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and to Albion in the Community for providing this fabulous roadshow for young people in Rye and their families. They are doing so much good work across Sussex and making a real difference to young people’s lives. We are proud to be working in partnership with them and look forward to developing this partnership further in the year’s ahead.”

Tickets for the fans forum event which starts at 7-30pm and finishes at 10pm on March 7 are free and can be booked by contacting Joel Essex at or callling 07880195512.