Don’t panic, Lu­ton fans, it’s in good cause

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By John Lyons

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.”

PIC­TURE: Lu­ton Town

HANG ON IN THERE: Nathan Jones in mid-flight. Insets: Mak­ing his exit, left, and with his part­ner Lau­rie, right

TERRA FIRMA: Nathan Jones feels more at home on the touch­line

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