Hammers legend at experience day for kids

STAR GUEST: Tony Cottee poses for pictures with children
STAR GUEST: Tony Cottee poses for pictures with children

FORMER professional footballer Tony Cottee made an appearance in Thetford to help promote a sports experience day for disabled children.

Last Wednesday’s event, organised by The Presidents Sporting Club/Essex Disabled Sports Foundation charity, sets out to offer over 1,500 disabled children from special schools from across East Anglia the opportunity to participate in 30 different sports activities.

The former West Ham United, Everton and Leicester City striker took time to pose for photos and sign autographs for children as they enjoyed themselves with all manner of activities such as football, cricket, American football, basketball, Ju-Jitsu and volleyball.

The charity has now raised well over £1.5 million through initiatives such as the Sports Experience Days and chairman of the foundation, Mike Jackson spoke of the success of last week’s event.

“It was a really outstanding day from our point of view and we have received a lot of brilliant feedback,” he said.

“All the children had a fantastic time experiencing all of the different sports and it was great to see them enjoy the day.

“We always appreciate the help and support and I have to thank the coaches from Mildenhall and Lakenheath as well as Tony for giving up their time and making the event the success it was.”