Atherton Collieries will be raising money for charity this Christmas through the release of a very special video. In charge of the project were first team members Rob Sadler and Lewis Coleman who, it is fair to say, have a talent for creating videos that make the Colls players and fans alike break into laughter.
It was a long process, so we will now leave you in the capable hands of Sadler who goes into more detail about what you can expect and how it has been put together.
“The idea of such a production originated as a tongue in cheek reference to the ‘rumours and hearsay’ circling that Michael Clegg had quit the club during the interval of a match. The ‘Stay Now – East 17’ number is to portray the lads reaction when Cleggy supposedly announced his resignation during a half-time rant. This as we all know is obviously complete rubbish but none the less we thought it was a great opportunity to give the Christmas classic some air time – which I personally believe it has been massively deprived of over the years.”
“We toyed with the idea of a Christmas Collender. This proved problematic with lads like Ben Hardcastle, Brad Cooke and Darhyll Mason who are all very shy and body conscious (wide eye emoji). This meant we had to scrap the great ideas and poses we had in the pipeline for Franuary and Sherlocktober amongst others.”
“A couple of snippets have been leaked out of the camp in recent weeks as excitement builds. Fortunately, the trailer was finished this weekend and should be released imminently.”
“Between us, Lewis and I have done an awful lot of planning and preparation for this project. All the lads have really bought into it and initially we thought it may just raise the profile of the club as well as having a bit of fun in doing so.”
“So confident we are with the footage when the video got put together we were sure it would receive a lot of exposure so Andy Heald believed it would be a good opportunity to raise some money for charity off the back of the video views.”
“With his work in the local area, Andy became aware of Ben’s Wish, a fundraising mission that is helping to support the dreams of 10 year old Ben Robinson who suffers from cerebral palsy and was recently diagnosed with leukemia. His dream is to one day chill out on a beach in Jamaica and when hearing Ben’s story, everyone involved at the club believed it would be a great opportunity to raise awareness and more importantly some contributions to Ben’s Wish.”
“We plan to wear Ben’s Wish t-shirts to warm up in over the next few weeks and hope Ben can come down to training or attend a match to meet the lads and staff. We have created a JustGiving page and hope the exposure the video generates will result in donations.”
“Back to Colls; Lewis and I cannot take credit for the great run of results on the field but if this off the field activity has helped to bring an already very tight group together then we may have the committee calling for a production every year!”
“Release date for the video will be December 10th. In the meantime, keep your eyes on social media for the trailer which will be released very shortly!”
For more information about Ben’s Wish and details on how to donate, please visit the JustGiving page by clicking here.
You can also keep up to date with Ben’s Wish by following them on Twitter – @Bens_Wish
On Friday night, Brad Cooke wore a Ben’s Wish t-shirt prior to our match against Nelson.