FANS of Swindon Town are being offered a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with their footballing heroes – thanks to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Sky Bet League 1 club have enjoyed a memorable season in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and remain on the road to Wembley with a Southern Area Semi-Final home clash with Stevenage to look forward to next month.
In the build-up to that tie, Swindon are to take the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge on Thursday, December 5.
And one lucky fan will have the opportunity to join the ten players and management staff participating as the club’s ‘11th man’ in the ultimate test of accuracy.
Entrants have to try and chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot placed on the six yard box.
A successful chip in is worth ten points, while one point is accumulated each time the paint pot is hit.
Clubs will be attempting to emulate Oxford United who won the challenge last season, claiming the first prize of Johnstone’s Paint product to use on club projects in the process.
More than 45,000 people have flocked to the Official Johnstone’s Paint Trophy YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJPT to watch the Paint Pot Challenges from the last two seasons.
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “Swindon have already had good victories over Wycombe Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and, like all the teams still in the competition, will certainly be believing they can now go all the way to Wembley.
“We are delighted they have agreed to take on the Paint Pot Challenge in preparation for their Area Semi-Final, and the 11th man competition is a superb initiative for fans.
“To have the opportunity to go and join the players at the end of their training session and be part of their team for the Paint Pot Challenge is a fantastic prize for supporters, and we thank Swindon for their co-operation.
“Who knows, if the fan impresses as the 11th man, he may well get signed up by the manager!”
Fans have until noon on Monday, December 2 to enter.