THE BOSS WHO’S READY FOR DROP
Don’t panic, Luton fans, it’s in good cause
WHAT better way to forget about the pressure of a League Two promotion battle than by... jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet!
And it certainly worked for adventurous Luton Town manager Nathan Jones, who leapt in tandem with Hatters fan Mark Warne. The latter pledged £750 to Level Trust, the club’s charity of the year, to do the skydive with the Luton boss.
And Jones admitted the experience is something he will never forget.
The 43-year-old, whose team were fourth before the the weekend, said: “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life! It’s something I never thought I’d do and it was absolutely amazing, such an experience.
“From the time we got to 13,000 feet, they opened the door and then there were just bodies jumping out and I was the last to go.
“When we got to the end, you’re literally there with a little bit of a briefing and then ‘Bang’, you’re gone.
“In that moment, you just hit the air. You’re spinning and you’re dropping at some ridiculous speed. Nothing can prepare you for that, no briefing or anything.”
Level Trust help the 14,000 children living below the poverty line in Luton with essential clothing and equipment to aid their education.
“I’m so pleased to have done it for Level Trust as well,” added Jones. “That’s the big thing. To be able to do this for a good cause and for the club, it was amazing.
“I was glad I was given the opportunity to do it. My partner Mark, who has paid for the privilege, loved it as well, so it was a real good experience. One off the bucket list!”
Warne, the managing director of Luton-based firm DOT-group International and a box holder at Kenilworth Road, also had a ball. He said: “It was an honour and a privilege, and I thank Nathan for doing it. It was an amazing experience, and all for a worthy cause makes it twice as enjoyable.” Level Trust founder Jane Malcolm thanked the Hatters for their backing. “We are a voluntary, grassroots organisation, started on my kitchen table – and this partnership with Luton Town has been a real pivotal step for us because it has raised our profile so much,” she said. “To have someone as high-profile as Nathan Jones jumping out of an aeroplane for us really is the icing on the cake of that partnership and all that the club has done for us.”
HANG ON IN THERE: Nathan Jones in mid-flight. Insets: Making his exit, left, and with his partner Laurie, right
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