Local indoor netball star Brogan Griffiths says she is grateful for the help the club has given her as she aims to achieve her dream of competing in the World Cup.
The 21-year-old will represent England under-23s as captain in Australia later this month but needs to raise £3,000 in order to fund the trip.
She attended Port Vale’s JPT win over Carlisle United last week and returned to Vale Park for Tuesday night’s Sky Bet League One clash against Millwall.
Brogan, her family and coach were treated to full hospitality in the Chris Bayley Lounge and got the chance to meet manager Rob Page, his backroom staff and the players.
Captain Carl Dickinson also presented her with a signed shirt on behalf of the squad.
Speaking about the experience, she told port-vale.co.uk: “It’s been great, it’s been fantastic, it’s such an honour to be here.
“We’ve been spoilt really, we’ve had a really nice three-course dinner and we went down to meet the players.
“They gave me a signed Vale shirt to hopefully raffle off to try and make a bit more money for the funds for me to go out to Australia.”
With the competition just under two weeks away, it’s not long before Brogan will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best indoor netball players from across the globe.
While she admits she is slightly apprehensive about the prospect of leading her team out in the biggest tournament of her career so far, she says it’s something she cannot wait to do.
“It’s such an honour,” she explained. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I’ve got a job to do out there with my team being the captain and hopefully we’ll bring home the gold medal.”
If you wish to help Brogan achieve her dream of leading out the under-23s in Australia, please go to www.gofundme.com/BroEng and donate now.