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Gardners Lane Hot Shots

19 November 2013

The children of Gardners Lane Primary School impressed last week in our Hot Shot challenge!

The children of Gardners Lane school proved themselves to be star strikers with our Hot Shot Challenge 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 Gardners Lane Primary School with the Hot Shot inflatable last Thursday and gave the pupils the chance to record their strongest shot. Cheltenham Town players Joe Hanks, Jermaine McGlashan and Zack Kotwica were also on hand to have a go and give the kids advice on how to strike the ball with perfection.

Our top challenger of the day was Jordan Pearce with a massive 43mph! In fact, Jordan is now leading the County after two weeks of the Hot Shot competition. Our other top contenders of the day were Millie Hart (32mph), Ryan McGill (38mph) and Keira Rose-Price (27mph). 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 Gardners Lane Primary 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 Gardners Lane Primary School that had a go though! Whaddney the Robin recorded 32mph, Zack Kotwica thumped a 62mph effort but it was Joe Hanks who now leads the players' league table with a whopping 66mph! Unfortunately Jermaine wasn't allowed a go with his hamstring injury but he was on hand to give the children advice throughout!

The Robins Echo Hot Shot Challenge has kicked off in November but any junior schools wanting to take part should contact Meg Lancaster at the club (01242) 588104 or e-mail

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

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