Wednesday unveil new family area

More than 100 children and their families enjoyed an extra special matchday when they attended the launch of the new family area at Hillsborough on Saturday. 'Youngsters enjoyed taking part in an array of pre-match activities as the club unveiled Ollie's Kids Zone; a new custom-designed family space in the stadium's Grandstand.
More than 100 children and their families enjoyed an extra special matchday when they attended the launch of the new family area at Hillsborough on Saturday. 'Youngsters enjoyed taking part in an array of pre-match activities as the club unveiled Ollie's Kids Zone; a new custom-designed family space in the stadium's Grandstand.
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THERE wasn’t much fun to be had in the stands at Hillsborough during the drab goalless draw on Saturday - unless you were in Ollie’s Kids’ Zone.

More than 100 children and their families enjoyed an extra special matchday when they attended the launch of the new family area at Hillsborough.

Youngsters enjoyed taking part in pre-match activities as the club unveiled a new custom-designed family space in the grandstand.

The area, named after mascot Ollie Owl, features colourful Wednesday-themed murals created by visual artists Urban Canvas and is hosted by staff from the SWFC Community Programme.

Young supporters enjoyed a lesson in ‘Gangnam Style’ dancing from the SWFC Community Dance Troupe and listened to football stories read by staff from Hillsborough Library.

A visit from Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping duo Nicky Weaver and Arron Jameson also proved popular as they posed for photos and signed autographs.

Even mascots Ollie, Barney and Ozzie Owl helped by serving food in the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice kiosk.

The food outlet is staffed by volunteers with stadium caterers The Lindley Group donating the equivalent wages to the hospice.

The club’s Family Liaison Officer, Tom Garland, said: “It was fantastic to see so many families make use of our family area and enjoying the new matchday entertainment programme.

Ollie’s Kids’ Zone will be open at all Wednesday home games from 1.30pm until kick-off.