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Your News Chiefs throw open doors for a fun family day

Exeter Chiefs will throw open its gates at Sandy Park for a summer family fun day for all its supporters.

The Chiefs’ Open Day will take place between noon and 2pm on Sunday, August 17, 2008 - the day after Chiefs play Bristol Rugby in the second of its pre-season warm-up games.

The Open Day will provide behind-the-scenes access to Sandy Park with guided tours through the Chiefs’ changing rooms, physio room, ice bath room and gym, followed by an insight into the computer software used by the coaches.

All the players will be on hand to sign autographs and will also man work stations on the main pitch to give children an insight into the life of a professional rugby player, including the chance to feel what it is like to be lifted in a lineout and to give the club’s scrum machine a little shove. An inflatable will also be available for youngsters to enjoy.

The event will be free entry for all and there will food and refreshments on sale from food vans and the Undercroft Bar.

There will also be a chance to view the new South West Communications Group Stand at the south end of Sandy Park.

The club shop and ticket office will be open to sell official merchandise and season tickets respectively. The ticket office will also be selling tickets for Chiefs’ first home game of the season against Leeds Carnegie as well as the season’s two all-ticket games against Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates.

Stalls bearing information on the Junior Chiefs Supporters’ Club, Friends of ERC Community Chiefs, supporters’ coach travel and the Sandy Park Conferencing Centre will also be present. Youngsters will be able to sign up to the Junior Chiefs Supporters’ Club at the open day to immediately claim their goody bags with the first 100 new members being entered into the draw to become the match day mascot.

Exeter Chiefs’ chief executive Tony Rowe said: “This is a great opportunity for our supporters to have a good look around Sandy Park on a non match day and to get to know our players a little better, including our 14 new ones. I also hope that our first open day will also attract some people who have not been to Sandy Park before, so they see what a great time the rest of us have been having here for the last two seasons!”

Director of rugby Pete Drewett said: “The players and coaching staff alike are looking forward to our first open day and being able to have a chat with our loyal and knowledgeable supporters ahead of the new league season. We are keen to see as many children and their families here as possible in anticipation of a really good day out at Sandy Park.”

Limited parking for the open day will be available on site but the club would urge visitors to use public transport where they can.

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