Special mascot in aid of Diabetes UK

The Essex Spartans were joined by a very special Spartans mascot at the Tony Palmer Memorial game on Saturday night, in aid of Diabetes UK.

Assistant Head Coach Graeme Saint offered the prize of a Spartans mascot experience in a charity raffle at [enter] Primary School to raise money for the diabetes awareness charity. The winner was 10-year-old Harry Templeman, a pupil at the school.

He said: ““I entered a raffle for my friend Callum who has diabetes, and I won it.

“I was really happy to win.

“It’s been really good. My favourite part was going out on the pitch and doing the coin-toss, and I liked slapping everybody’s hands at the beginning.”

Harry was presented with an official Essex Spartans t-shirt, chaperoned pre-game by retiring Spartans veteran Craig Brittney, performed the coin toss and took part in the card checks and post-match celebrations with the team as part of his prize.

He was also given the referee’s official coin as a keepsake of his experience.

Harry stayed and watched the full match and half-time commemorations with his parents.

Harry’s mum Emma Templeman, 35, said: ““It’s been a really good experience. We’re going to bring Harry’s friend George next time; he loves American Football.”

The Essex Spartans would like to thank Harry and his family for coming to the game, and to everyone who participated in the raffle in aid of Diabetes UK.