Phoenix to spread Christmas cheer with free BBQ

WELLINGTON Phoenix FC will get the Christmas spirit cooking this Sunday (December 19) by holding a community BBQ and fun day at Newtown Park.

From 4pm, the club, in conjunction with community partner Westpac and The Mad Butcher, will throw open the gates at Newtown for the free BBQ, with the annual Newtown Park Christmas Carols later in the evening.

Phoenix players will be on hand the meet the fans, with plenty of other activities for children including face-painting and bouncy castles.

The Phoenix want to celebrate Christmas with the people who have supported the club throughout 2010.

“It-s our way of thanking the people who have helped make the club possible,” says Phoenix chief executive Nathan Greenham.

“We-ve had some ups and downs so far this season but we-re grateful to those fans who continue to support the club. Everyone involved, from club chairman Terry Serepisos to coach Ricki Herbert and the Phoenix players, do what they do because of the belief the fans show in the club.

“We-re hoping for a big crowd for what will be a really special and fun event and we-re looking forward to sharing some Christmas spirit and meeting our supporters.”

The Newtown Park Christmas Carols commence at 6pm and will feature a visit by “St Nix”.

In the event of rain on Sunday, December 19, the event will be postponed to Monday, December 20.

What: Phoenix community BBQ and fun day

When: From 4pm on Sunday, December 19

Where: Newtown Park