Dereham Town offering free admission to under-16s

Dereham Town joint managers Adam Gusterson, left, and Olly Willis Picture: Alan Palmer Photography

Dereham Town joint managers Adam Gusterson, left, and Olly Willis Picture: Alan Palmer Photography - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town have launched an initiative to attract more fans of all ages to Aldiss Park.

The Magpies regularly attracted crowds of 200 or more during the latter stages of last term - and are determined to build on that encouraging level of support.

The club say they will have the best value season tickets in Bostik League Division One North next season and are also offering free admission to under-16s in an attempt to boost attendances still further.

They handed out vouchers to over 200 youngsters at the recent youth tournament at Aldiss Park and have extended the offer to 3,600 children at schools in Dereham and the surrounding area.

They can be exchanged for a free season ticket, with the only proviso being that the youngsters must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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Joint manager Adam Gusterson's side did their bit to raise interest last season with a late run that took them into mid table. He is now hoping they can climb the league's attendance table as well, having finished ninth last term with an average of 195.

"It's good to see the club doing things like this to try and attract more people to come along and watch us," he said.

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"Aldiss Park is a great place to visit for all the family and anyone who watches us will see a team who likes to get the ball down and play attractive football. We always do our best to make sure supporters are entertained.

"It's about getting the community involved as much as possible - hopefully we will see some new faces next season."

Season tickets, for Bostik League games only, cost £90 with over-65s and students paying just £50, and need to be ordered from the club (01362 690460 or 07484 206420) and paid for in full by the end of July. Casual prices are adults £8, over-65s and students £5 and under-16s £2.

Any parents or guardians wishing to take up the free season ticket offer for their children need to redeem their voucher on or before the opening day of the league season on August 10.

Dereham Academy coach Tom Parke reckons an uptake of around five per cent is a realistic target.

"We think it's a great way of getting youngsters involved in their local club and hopefully it will lead to bigger crowds next season," he said.

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