Excitement is building at Turf Moor for Saturday’s upcoming Community Day.
The annual event is a celebration of Burnley FC’s official charity, Burnley FC in the Community, and the aim of the day’s activities on April 9th is to both raise awareness and raise funds to support the charity’s work across East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
A highlight of the day and as part of a gesture almost unheard of by a club’s main sponsor, Oak Furniture Land have generously sacrificed their shirt sponsorship space in place of a logo-swap with Burnley FC in the Community.
All players will sport the charity-branded kits during the clash with Leeds United and the team will also warm-up pre-match in specially designed Burnley FC in the Community t-shirts.
The match-day programme will be a special-edition, Community-focused publication, featuring plenty of information about the work of Burnley FC’s official charity and its staff, and during half time, fans will have the opportunity to learn more as an exclusive Community video will be played on the big screen, showcasing the charity’s region-wide outreach.
There will also be presentations in the hospitality areas and the charity will be featured in the Guard of Honour at the game.
As well as an effort to raise awareness, the day is a fundraiser for the charity and 70 bucket collectors will be dotted in and around the stadium, encouraging fans to donate just £1 to support the work of the Community department.
In addition to this, the public can get involved by taking part in a static bike ride that also aims to raise vital funds.
With the challenge set to cover the distance from Elland Road to Turf Moor (58.1 miles), fans can jump on a bike in the Fanzone between 10.30am and 12pm before the bike is moved into the stadium where former player, Paul France, will complete the cycle ride pitch-side for the remainder of the game.
As well as the chance to pedal for pounds, fans will be offered free pre-match health checks in the fan zone by the Community department’s health team, there will be a Kicks tournament in the ETC and supporters will enjoy a high-energy half-time performance from a local dance group.
Broadcast on Sky Sports and as an event heavily endorsed by Sean Dyche and the entire first team, Community Day looks set to be a fantastic celebration of Burnley’s deeply-rooted and proudly-acknowledged community links.
Donations can also be made to Burnley FC in the Community via text. To donate £1, simply text ‘BFCC16 £1’ to 70070.
To find out more about the work of Burnley FC in the Community and Community Day itself, visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org