The open day has been a huge success at Gloucester Rugby.
GLOUCESTER Rugby's hugely successful family open day will make a return this year - on Monday, August 27 from 1pm until 4pm.
The massively popular event is one of the most successful days of the season and will give supporters the chance to meet Gloucester's top stars and new signings, see the South Stand development up close and take part in on-field activities on the pitch.
"Nobody needs to tell any employee or player at Gloucester Rugby simply how important the community is to the club and that is why we were so keen to re-instate this family day," Gloucester's community manager Gary Little told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"Our supporter base is quite simply the best around and we see this is a great event that may well just raise the spirits in the community after recent events. For supporters to have the chance to meet the players, practice skills on the pitch and get involved with the club, it is a great way to start the season.
"So much has happened this season off the field but we felt, as a club, it was crucial to try and show our supporters and the community we are there for them and give them something not many other clubs do.
"In some ways it is a bit of a thank you for all their support - although it won't be on the same scale as previous years because of the south stand development - it will be a great way to kick-off the season."
Amongst the face painting and bouncy castles, Under-16s will get the chance to practice their skills alongside RFU qualified coaches and Gloucester players, buy the latest merchandise or even snap up a late season ticket or brick in the Walk of Legends.
The Lion's Den bar will be open and a refreshments wagon will be in place behind the East Stand.
The event is free and will run from 1pm until 4pm and gates will open at 12.45pm. Supporters are advised that because of the development work, there will be no car parking at Kingsholm.
For further ticket information, please contact 0871 871 8781 (option 2).
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