Stadium event a dream come true for youngsters
WIDNES Vikings welcomed three- year- old Freddie Buck and fouryear-old Zak Harrison to the Halton Stadium along with their dads Kevin and Joe, as part of the Rinnai Dream Maker Experience.
Prior to the Club’s Super 8s clash with Leeds Rhinos, the group took part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vikings’ facilities at the Halton Stadium.
First team star Danny Craven led the tour as they explored the Vikings changing rooms and were given an insight into the player’s pre-match preparations.
After running out of the tunnel and onto the iPitch to take part in some rugby league activities, the group then headed to the ● Delivered Health Solutions Performance Centre.
There, they were given a tour of the gym and Freddie and Zak were given the chance to collect autographs of their favourite Vikings stars.
To round off their day, they then led the teams out onto the iPitch as mascots alongside captain Joe Mellor.
Zak’s father Joe nominated the pair for the experience after they lost their Nan and Grandad within a short space of time.
Kevin recently raised almost £5,000 for State Of Mind in memory of his father and Freddie and Zak’s Grandad, Arty, after completing a marathon 26-mile row at Victoria Park.
Charlotte Jakeman, education officer at the Vikings said: “It was an honour to welcome Freddie and Zak to the Halton Stadium as part of our Rinnai Dream Maker Experience on Sunday.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of the children as they ran out onto the iPitch.
“They have had a tough couple of years, and we hope that we gave Freddie and Zak a day to remember which lifted their spirits.
“I’d like to also say a massive thank you to Danny Craven for giving up his time to lead the tour.”
Anyone who knows somebody who can be the next recipient of the Rinnai UK Dream Maker experience, is asked to contact Charlotte Jakeman at email@example.com or by phoning her on 0151 495 2250.
The Vikings welcomed Freddie Buck and Zak Harrison to the stadium