Port Vale fans don’t just support their team from the stands.
Supporters’ group VIEW 16 have raised £2,000 to pay for a state-of-the-art exercise bike in the club’s new gym.
The fans’ group raise money from Vale away trips they run from The Crown in Burslem. Those funds are then used to support the community or help the club.
Recent examples include £600 for the external paint for the club’s summer refurbishment and also £300 towards defibrillators.
The Wattbike will enable players to test their fitness and aid those coming back from injury.
Manager John Askey said: “We have created that gym which is a good space, and we are just trying to get the best equipment now. It’s a really good bit of equipment that can help players who are fit and those out injured.
“People who donate that money can see it goes to good use. We really appreciate it.”
VIEW 16 took on the project so the Supporters Club can concentrate their fund-raising efforts on helping pay for a new concourse in the unfinished part of the Lorne Street Stand.
Paul Dixon and Charlie Holland have been instrumental in fund-raising for VIEW 16.
Paul explained: “It is fans who have raised the money, on coaches that Charlie runs from The Crown, doing scratch cards and also raffles for signed memorabilia.
“At the moment we are having to book extra buses to keep up with demand. We have two buses packed for Cheltenham.”
Vale’s left back Cristian Montano says the bike provides a challenging, and punishing, test.
Speaking at the supporters club meeting, he thanked fans for the donation.
He explained: “It tests your fitness on a different level. It test you mentally and physically but I would say mainly mentally. It takes you to a different place, where you can’t go any more but you have to………but thank you, I appreciate it!”
VIEW 16 are also planning an end-of-season party to raise funds. They are delighted to report the date can’t be confirmed at the moment because the Vale could yet be in the play-offs.