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FUN IN THE SUN

29 June 2013

The Hive Community Fun Day

The Hive held its annual Community Fun Day today in which hundreds of people visited the new home of Barnet Football Club for an afternoon full of fun.

Barnet supporters were given guided, access all areas tours of the new stadium and facilities while the Bees first-team joined the festivities after training, signing autographs and taking part in football challenges with young fans.

The players attempted to prove their talents extend beyond the football pitch as a selection of Bees stars stepped on stage to take part in a Greek dance performance which delighted the crowd of spectators.

While their effort was not in question, their performance couldn’t stand up to the earlier standards set by local young dance group ‘Agile Vibes’ who kicked off the on-stage entertainment. Agile Vibes founder, Anjli Kotecha said, “The event has been brilliant. The facilities here are fantastic and we’re really pleased to be part of it.”

In addition to the football, crafts and inflatable activities on site, there were a number of friends of the club with stalls promoting their organisations. Children’s hospice charity Noah’s Ark had a stall along with local children’s support charity Honeypot.

The BFC Supporters’ Trust were also in attendance, providing an airing of the new Back2Barnet campaign song. Neil Staff of the Trust said, “We understand that next season may be difficult for some supporters but we are making a new start and believe it will be a positive one for Barnet FC.”

A BBQ kept revellers well fed and The Hive Bar was packed out all afternoon with Barnet supporters and members of the local community eager to get a taste of the great food on offer at the new home of the Bees.

Barnet FC Community Trust Manager, Birtug Kazim, who organised the event said, "First and foremost we wanted to put on this event for the residents of the local community. We aimed to organise a day that matched the ambition of the club and did justice to the outstanding facilities here at The Hive. We also appreciate and understand that local residents have some concerns about our move but I believe we showed today how Barnet Football Club can make a positive impact in the local community which was reflected by all the positive feedback from those who attended."

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