Super fan delivers match ball for Proact opener

A Spireites fan got to soak up the first home match of the 2016/17 season in style on Saturday.

Monday, 15th August 2016, 10:19 am
Updated Monday, 15th August 2016, 11:24 am
Ian Evatt meets Zoe Edge during the League Two title winning victory parade

Supporter Zoe Edge carried the ball on to the Proact Stadium pitch ahead of Chesterfield’s home game against Swindon Town.

Zoe - a silver medallist in Boccia at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games - was chosen as part of a new English Football League (EFL) initiative.

To mark the start of the new football season, the EFL launched its #EFLStories campaign to tell the stories of all the people who help make the EFL what it is - a football experience for everyone.

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Across the opening two weekends of the season, the first 72 people featured on the #EFLStories website will have the privilege of delivering their club’s new Mitre match ball to the pitch at the first home league game of the season.

Following the match, Zoe posted on Twitter (@Edgey74): “Great to take the match ball on the pitch a great result for the boys, a great reception from the fans! Thanks to all Proud to be a Spirete!”

On the EFL stories website, it reads: “Zoe Edge is a retired Paralympic silver medallist in Boccia and the Chesterfield’s inaugural Fan of Year.

“As well as going to every Chesterfield game home and away (health permitting) with her parents Mick and Dyllis, Zoe works in the community and with the CFC Trust, promoting disability sport in the region.

“Zoe has this year started her own charity project ‘Edgey Does It Her Way’ which is arranging a number of activities to raise money for a disability provisions at a local school and for the CFC Trust.”