Chesterfield FC fans from Belgium support town’s causes

The Beligian Spireites, who support Chesterfield FC, recently visited the region to work for free for a number of worthy causes.

The Beligian Spireites, who support Chesterfield FC, recently visited the region to work for free for a number of worthy causes.

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Chesterfield FC’s proud group of foreign fans from Belgium have continued to provide fantastic support to the club and town during their latest visit.

The Belgian Spireites have previously raised money for the club’s memorial garden by completing a sponsored walk from Manchester to Chesterfield and they have cycled from Brussels to Chesterfield to raise money for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.

And following the Blues’ match against Bristol City and their game at Sheffield United, they have been working for free for worthy causes in the area to forge an even stronger bond.

Belgian Spireites spokesman Sylvain Lecomte said: “It will be very hard to beat what we have just experienced.

“We have been made so welcome by so many people and we now feel we know so much more about the area.

“The football is important but it has become just part of why we are forever linked to the town.”

Their demanding schedule included working with French speaking students at New Whittington Primary School, doing restoration at Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Arkwright Mill at Cromford, working with the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, helping at Ashgate Hospice’s distribution centre and working with the Chesterfield FC media department.

Laura Stevens, Ashgate Hospice area retail manager, said: “What a wonderful gesture by the guys to come over and work so hard for the hospice and other organisations.

“The whole team enjoyed their visit and commented on how industrious, hard working and friendly they had been.”

Chesterfield FC secured a League One Play-Off place after they drew with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, over the bank holiday weekend and the Spireites have now set their sights on promotion to the Championship League.