Arsenal roadshow draws in fans
9:30am Monday 13th August 2012 in News
ARSENAL were camped out on Swindon Town turf as the North London club’s roadshow came to the town centre.
The mobile zone, in Regent Circus, included a penalty shoot-out area, dressing room, reflex test and videos.
The Junior Gunner Roadshow Experience proved a big draw as the sun came out and young fans put their local allegiances aside to try out the activities.
Ben Luck, event co-ordinator, said: “The roadshow is for kids to give something back to the community.
“They also get to see behind the scenes and look at how footballers train and prepare for games.
“It’s the second year we’ve been in Swindon and we’ve had a very good turn-out with the sunny weather and the kids are all enjoying the experience and going away with smiles.”
Among the young football fans trying out Batak — a game of reflexes using a wall of lights — and looking around a mock-up dressing room was four-year-old Oliver Kent.
Grandmother Janet Wiltshire, 63, of Wanborough , said: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant.
“My grandson is mad on football and he loves it as all the kids do.
“He’ll be full of it all day. It makes a boring trip to town a bit more exciting.
“I think Swindon Town should do something like this.”
The ‘Gunners on the Road' interactive centre provides a virtual tour which starts at the ‘Arsenal Training Centre’ with an introduction to Arsenal’s coaching staff via a video message. Visitors also had the chance to sample the Emirates Stadium experience, gaining access to a virtual changing room which will provide an insight into players’ pre-match preparations. And finally they headed up the players’ tunnel and out on to an astro-turf pitch to the sounds of an Emirates crowd, with a penalty shoot-out bringing the tour to an end.