Sheffield Wednesday: 15,000 fans set to attend Owls fun day

Thousands of people attended Owls in the Park last year.
Thousands of people attended Owls in the Park last year.
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Around 15,000 people are set to flock to Owls in the Park, Sheffield Wednesday’s family community fun day, this weekend.

The annual free event, which normally attracts thousands of Wednesdayites, returns to Hillsborough Park, next to the club’s Hillsborough stadium, on Sunday, July 13.

Owls in the Park, one of Sheffield’s fastest growing outdoor events, will be held between 11am and 5.30pm. Fans will be able to meet all the squad, including new signings Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson, as they will be signing autographs and posing for pictures.

The day features live music, a fun fair, animal displays, catering, a teddy bear parachute jump, a World Cup football tournament and a variety of food and craft stalls.

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric said: “The success of Owls in the Park has been unrivalled for the past two years. It’s a magnificent community event and it continues to go from strength to strength each year. There is a fantastic bond between the club and the supporters and we look forward to another wonderful day on Sunday.”

Officials from Wednesday’s community programme, the club’s charitable arm, will host various taster sessions and activities. Coaches from the programme will also deliver free sessions of futsal, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

In addition, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, Royal Society for the Blind and Support Dogs will also be joining in with the fun on the day.

Rotherham’s Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the community programme’s official charity partner, will also be holding an official bucket collection in a bid to raise funds.

Marcus Brameld, Wednesday community manager, said: “Owls in the Park is a fantastic event for all the family and always promises to be a fun day for everyone involved.

“It’s the perfect way for the club to meet the fans and give something back for their ongoing support throughout the year.

“It’s brilliant for Wednesday to collaborate with local charities, organisations and local performers.

“We are all excited about the 2014 event and wish to welcome as many people to the park as possible.”