Tom Pope is the latest Port Vale player to set a skills challenge on social media – and he’s done it with a tongue-in-cheek video.
The striker, who is the Vale’s post-war record goalscorer, has joined the growing list of Vale players setting the challenge for youngsters to try at home.
In Pope’s case he’s done it with a heading challenge – or ‘cost ed a bo agen a wo’, as fans from the Potteries will know it.
He manages it in some style, as part of the video clip released though the official Port Vale Twitter account.
The Vale players are all setting their own challenges, for fans to have a go at. All the skills can be done in the back yard or garden, or even in the house, so youngsters don’t have to venture out.
Vale captain Leon Legge has done a fitness workout, Luke Joyce a close control and dribbling session, Manny Oyeleke a header and volley challenge, Cristian Montano a skills trick with a tea bag and a mug and Tom Conlon and James Gibbons have joined in with different challenges involving landing the ball in a bin .
Pope who, during his own challenge may have mentioned he scored a goal at the Etihad in the FA Cup, has now nominated a team mate to do the next challenge.
He’s gone for home grown defender Nathan Smith, or ‘the Contract Rebel’ as Tom calls him.
Vale and their community scheme, the Port Vale Foundation Trust, have joined forces to try to keep fans entertained while football is suspended during the coronavirus crisis.
The Foundation Trust is also inviting youngsters to send in clips of them scoring a goal or making a great save in their back gardens. The Trust are then putting them on their social media pages, complete with professional commentary by BBC Radio Stoke’s Phil Bowers.
Meanwhile, Vale Park has become a hub for the community and, in their first full week up until Friday, they delivered hundreds of food and care packages.
The hub has been formed thanks to a coordinated effort by Port Vale, The Foundation Trust, the Synectics Solutions and Summit Hospitality businesses owned by Vale owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan, and the Hubb Foundation charity of which Carol is founder and a trustee.
Pope, from Sneyd Green, talked about the situation in an interview with the Sentinel this week.
He said: “Everybody loves the football and spending the weekends watching it. But there are more important things. That’s especially the hospitals, it is a very critical time for them. I am sure they are being overworked and underpaid.
“I have always said, people on the frontline don’t get paid enough. NHS workers, paramedics, these people are saving lives on a regular basis.”
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