In 2003, Pied Piper volunteers started to man the turnstiles at Kingsholm for Gloucester Rugby home matches. Both parties are delighted to confirm that the arrangement will continue in 2009-10.
Over 30 volunteers help to operate the turnstiles, a role which includes checking the validity of every match ticket before entry is allowed into the ground.
The Pied Piper Appeal raises money in order to make a difference for sick children in the County by providing child friendly equipment to aid their recovery.
They do this through their various fundraising activities as well as a regular annual contribution from Gloucester Rugby.
To date over the past six years, in association with Gloucester Rugby, £73,454 has been raised for Pied Piper which excludes income for the 2008-9 season which is expected to be in the region of £10,000.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).