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Hot Shots In Churchdown

5 December 2013

Churchdown Village Junior School tested their shooting skills with the Hot Shot challenge last week.

The Hot Shot challenge arrived at Churchdown Village Junior last week to test the pupils' shooting boots.

Each week the Robins, with the help of Whaddney and groups of players, will be taking the club’s inflatable penalty shoot out machine to junior schools in the Gloucestershire area to challenge local youngsters.

Members of our community team headed off to Churchdown Village Junior School with the Hot Shot inflatable last Thursday and gave the pupils the chance to record their strongest shot. Cheltenham Town players Joe Hanks and Scott Brown were also on hand to give it a go and lend some wise words to the budding young footballers.

Our top challenger of the day was Toby Wakefield with a great recording if 46mph! Our other top contender of the day was Eloise Jones who represented the girls well with a 28mph effort. A big well done to all out the pupils having a go!

The inflatable’s special radar system registers how fast a shot is and the challenge is to find not only the hottest young shot but also the fastest school. The pupils had three shots each and these were recorded to see how well Churchdown Village Junior School does against many other schools from around Gloucestershire. Each week the Gloucestershire Echo will capture the challenge in words and pictures for the paper and at the end of the season the individual winner will receive a complete Robins kit while the top school will be given a VIP match day experience at the Abbey Business Stadium.

It wasn't just the children of Churchdown Village Junior School that had a go though! Joe Hanks recorded 58mph effort which was lower than his last effort of well over 60! Robins goalkeeper Scott Brown also had a go and he hit a big 60mph effort.

The Robins Echo Hot Shot Challenge has kicked off in November but it is now fully booked for the entires season. If you want to learn more about the CTFC Community Programme and the work they do in your local area, please head to or email

*Thank you to the Gloucestershire Echo for the use of their photos from the day. Photographs courtesy of Gloucestershire Media*

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