The Nottingham Lions notched up a few more more miles and raised some more cash on Thursday afternoon as they joined staff and pupils from Oak Field School for four laps of the Harvey Haddon Stadium running track, in aid of Sport Relief.


Lions Head Coach, Matt Bradbury, GM, Danny Harrison as well as players, Michael Rose and Ryan Rathbone all swapped their skates for running shoes and ran their second mile in a week for the BBC telethon.

Oak Field School and Sports College, based in Nottingham, is a local authority community school providing for pupils and students aged 3-19 with physical, severe and profound learning disabilities and Matt Bradbury was delighted that the Lions could be involved in such a fantastic event, saying;

“It’s exciting to get opportunities like these to work alongside organisations such as Oakfield.  We’re always keen to interact where possible with the local community groups like these, both within Nottingham and the wider Nottinghamshire area.”


Helen Derby – Inclusive Sport and PE Officer at the School, was particularly pleased the Lions could come down to lend a hand;

“Today’s been a great day for all involved – the sun has been out and it really has led to a wonderful sporting afternoon for the pupils, staff and friends of Oakfield School – we are grateful for the support of the Nottingham Lions and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

No doubt seeing it as a small piece of extra training in preparation for the Lions’ upcoming play-off double-header with Sutton Sting, Ryan Rathbone added;

“As a player, I think that it’s key that we’re able to give back and get involved with such important events like this – as players we take a lot for granted and to work with schools and for charities such as Sport Relief, it gives us a great feeling and a sense of pride.”

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Sunday, 01 April 2012.