Family fun with Phoenix

WELLINGTON Phoenix fans will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes – and meet the whole team – at the club’s home venue on Sunday.

WELLINGTON Phoenix fans will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes - and meet the whole team - at the club-s home venue on Sunday.

Exactly one week before the Phoenix kick off their Hyundai A-League 2009/10 campaign away to the Newcastle Jets, fans have the chance to get up close to the team at the Phoenix Family Day at Westpac Stadium.

The Phoenix Family Day has been a hugely popular event with fans of the Wellington club, with more than 6000 people attending the annual event in the past two seasons.

From midday-2pm on Sunday, Phoenix fans will be able to enjoy an informal, fun day with Phoenix players and coaches at the club-s magnificent home venue - Westpac Stadium.

A range of fun football activities have been set up, with fans also having the opportunity to experience what happens behind the scenes on gameday at Westpac Stadium. The Phoenix changerooms will be open for fans to explore. Better still, visitors will have the opportunity to walk out the players- tunnel on to the hallowed Westpac Stadium turf.

The full Phoenix squad - including new star signing and former English Premier League striker Paul Ifill - will be on hand to chat with fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Classic Hits breakfast show hosts Dave and Camille will be on hand to MC the fun event.

Phoenix chief executive Tony Pignata said the Phoenix Family Day was indicative of the club-s commitment to the community.

“We-re very focused on the community and families and this is a way for us to share some time with the people that support us. We-re fast building excellent support for the season ahead and Phoenix home games are a great fun day out for all the family, regardless of age.”

A big focus of this year-s event will be on taking part, with a special “Give it a Go” zone set up for fans to get actively involved with the Phoenix players in a football context.

“We-ll have lots of activities where fans can test their skills against the players,” Pignata said. “Go up against Mark Paston or Reece Crowther in a penalty shootout, or try to out-juggle Daniel - it-s going to be a heap of fun.”

The Phoenix Family Day kicks off at midday on Sunday, August 2, and finishes at 2pm.