Plymouth Albion are kicking off their first home game of the season by holding a special family day in partnership with Babcock.
The National League One club plays host to Esher on Saturday, September 9, and is opening its gates at 12 noon to welcome families for a fun afternoon of hands-on activities, face painting, bouncy castles, rugby skills and even free ice-cream and crisps, courtesy of Yeo Valley and Burts Chips.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will also be attending the event.
A special family ticket is available on the day for just £20, allowing entry for two adults and two children before 2pm.
The Albion community team has been working closely with Babcock to promote its STEM agenda, inspiring the next generation to connect with science, technology, engineering and maths.
A STEM tent located within the ground will offer visitors the opportunity to try hands-on activities, such as building a Lego warship and making marshmallow poppers.
Albion director Kevin Norris says: “We are delighted to welcome our valued partner Babcock to our first home game of the season and special Albion family day.
“We’re reaching out in this way because we want the families and our community to be a huge part of Plymouth Albion now and in the future.”
Craig Lockhart, Babcock’s Managing Director for Naval Marine, based at Devonport Royal Dockyard, is pleased that the partnership with Albion is going from strength to strength and said: “Every year we are working with an increasing number of schools in the Plymouth area by delivering a wide range of STEM activities to a variety of age groups.
“By working with Plymouth Albion we can engage with the wider community and reach even more young people. I hope that the event is hugely successful and look forward to continue working with the Albion team in the months ahead.”
Long term, the Babcock partnership will also involve Albion players acting as STEM ambassadors.
Together with Albion community manager Steve Pooley, players will be taking part in a number of future events, including a unique Babcock STEM schools event on the amphibious warship HMS Bulwark on September 27 and 28.
The Special Olympics Plymouth and District squad, who recently returned from the games in Sheffield with a clutch of medals, will also be attending the event and completing a lap of honour.
Plymouth Albion’s first National League One home fixture of the season is on Saturday, September 9 vs Esher at the Brickfields (KO 3pm). Entry is from £15 (under 16s free). A special £20 family ticket allows entry for two adults and two children before 2pm.