Chas is coming down to Gosport for charity gig

PLAYING Chas Hodges
PLAYING Chas Hodges

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HE MAY be Snooker Loopy, but Chas Hodges is also nuts about football.

So when asked to perform at a fundraising concert to help young football apprentices in Gosport, he jumped at the chance.

Chas – of Chas & Dave – will be one of three headline acts singing in Privett Park to support a unique scheme to pay for 20 apprenticeships.

The scheme would not only see youngsters training and learning footballing skills, but they will learn about the organisation of football matches.

The apprenticeships will take place in Privett Park itself and are due to start in September.

Cash needs to be raised to employ teaching staff.

Mark Hook, chairman of Gosport Borough Football Club, said: ‘We believe that there are a lot of young people who would welcome the opportunity of sports training.

‘That would actively go to a football ground to enhance their learning opportunities and to play football as well, rather than going to a college.

‘We recognise that some people don’t want to go to formal educational establishments. So this is a bit different.

‘We need to raise a sum of money to employ the staff to put everything into place.

‘We are asking the public to support it.’

The mini festival takes place over three consecutive nights starting next Thursday, May 3, at Privett Park football ground.

The Honeycombs will headline on Thursday, with The Ivy League playing on Friday and Chas Hodges, who’s famous for hits Snooker Loopy and Down to Margate, on Saturday.

‘As a football club we have had a lot of success this year,’ Mark added. ‘So we just want people to support the event.’

Tickets cost £10 for each night and can be bought from ELJ Furnishing in Gosport High Street, the Gosport Copy Centre in Stoke Road, or call (023) 9250 3306.