Port of Lowestoft helps youngsters meet the Trawler Boys

March 23, 2015

Associated British Ports’ Port of Lowestoft teamed up with Lowestoft Town FC (LTFC), known as the Trawler Boys, to give football mad youngsters at Warren School a unique soccer experience.

ABP sponsored the game vs Guiseley AFC so 18 pupils from the Lowestoft special school, which caters for children with severe learning difficulties, had the chance to meet the players, enjoy a pre-match meal and be presented with a treasured LTFC shirt.

The children, who ranged from 10-18 years old, enjoyed a grandstand seat for the game, which saw both defences on top in a 0-0 draw.

ABP has a network of 21 UK ports, including the East Anglian ports of Ipswich, Lowestoft and Kings Lynn.

Alastair Macfarlane, ABP Port Manager East Anglia, said: “The Port of Lowestoft supports around 1,200 jobs and is a vital part of the local economy but it also plays an important role in the community. That’s why we are delighted to be able to help these children meet the team and have a special experience.

“It was a privilege to meet the children and their families and get a better understanding of the challenges they face every day, while giving them a great day out.”

Kevin Wilson, Deputy Head of Warren School, said: “The children were thrilled to be invited to the match and we hope this marks the beginning of a lasting partnership with Lowestoft Town Football Club and the Port of Lowestoft.”

“We are grateful to Associated British Ports for this opportunity. The students really enjoyed watching the football and meeting the players.”

Gary Keyzo, Chairman of Lowestoft Town, said: “It gave me great pleasure to have all the children as our special guests, and the rapturous applause that they got from the supporters as they left the pitch was well deserved. We would like to thank Associated British Ports for sponsoring the match thus allowing the children a special afternoon at the Crown Meadow.”