Saturday 13th October 2018 is National Non-League football day.
Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.
Always scheduled to coincide with an International football break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
As well as raising awareness of grass roots football it also aims to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The football world has supported the “Man of Men” badge worn by players , managers and TV pundits alike, to raise awareness of the disease that kills a man every 45 minutes.
On Saturday Newport Football Club will offer free admission to their Wessex League match against Ringwood Town to anyone from the following groups;
Members of the Armed Services
Members of the Emergency Services including Lifeboat and Coastguard
Employees of the NHS
Instead of paying admission to enter the ground, all these people have to do is show their workplace ID such as badge, warrant card, id card. etc.
In addition the club will be raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK throughout the afternoon.