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St Mary's Hot Shots

11 December 2013

The Hot Shot Challenge and players were at St Mary's C of E School last week.

The Hot Shot challenge tested the shooting skills of St Mary's C of E school last week.

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 the school with the Hot Shot inflatable last Thursday and gave the pupils the chance to record their strongest shot. Cheltenham Town players Joe Hanks, Toby Ajala, Steve Elliott and Jamie Cureton were also on hand to give it a go and lend some wise words to the budding young footballers.

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 St Mary's C of E 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.

The Robins Echo Hot Shot Challenge has kicked off in November but it is now fully booked for the entries 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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