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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Celtic Nation donating gate money to Carlisle school's play project

A football club is looking to hit the back of the net by donating the proceeds from this weekend’s game to a local school.

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Semi-pro outfit Celtic Nation are encouraging football fans to turn out in their droves to Saturday’s game against top of the table Shildon and pay what they can for admission.

The Harraby-based club has scrapped gate fees for the clash and wants spectators to make a donation of their choice to get in, with all money going towards a project at Carlisle’s James Rennie school.

The Kingstown school is trying to raise £65,000 to provide equipment for a new building for its pupils, who are aged from three to 19, and have severe or profound learning needs.

They are building a soft play and sensory facility, with wall-to-wall soft cushioning, a ball pool, and audio visual equipment with lighting and sound systems.

The club’s commercial director Clair Sidler said they hoped to strike up a long-term partnership with the school.

“We originally intended to do something as a Christmas present but, unfortunately, the game was called off.

“The club was told that James Rennie was looking for people to assist them with funding their sensory room and we felt it was very worthy.

“Every bit of money will go to the school. We had our biggest crowd recently and would like to get even more people down to raise as much money as possible for a very worthwhile cause.

“The sensory project will cover the whole of Cumbria which is fantastic.”

The game at Gilford Park was postponed until this weekend.

Nation celebrated a record crowd of 548 earlier this month and hope that there will be a bumper gate on Saturday.

“What we are trying to do is bring the game back to the fans,” she added.

“We know that money is tight for people and what we have been about is getting people down to watch some football at an affordable price, it means that everyone can be part of something.”

Fans can just turn up at the gates to the match which kicks off at 3pm. There is a minimum donation of £1.

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