First team duo show backing for Wanderers at War project

Stephen Dobbie and Dorian Dervite show their support for Community Trust's award-nominated initiative

First teamers Stephen Dobbie and Dorian Dervite paid a visit to Johnson Fold Primary School last Thursday afternoon to show their support for the club’s Wanderers at War project.

Established by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust in order to mark the centenary of World War I, the initiative aims to educate young people on Bolton’s military history and the sacrifices made by both past and present members of the Armed Forces.

The project itself is in the running for Community Initiative of the Year at the upcoming North West Football Awards which will take place on Monday 16 November, with the Trust hoping to emulate their efforts of 2013 which saw them take home the accolade for their Hearts & Goals campaign.

And in line with their exploits, pupils from Johnson Fold participated in the initiative by designing their own Armed Forces uniforms, taking part in an artefact workshop with military historian Rob Thompson alongside being treated to a visit from Wanderers stars Dobbie and Dervite.

Upon arriving at the school, the pair supported teams through an army themed obstacle course challenge, even getting involved themselves before posing for photos with the children.

Throughout the course of a five week programme, pupils are being educated on topics such as:
  • Who are the Armed Forces?
  • The Recruitment process
  • Life in the Trenches 
  • Bolton’s Military History- Wartime Wanderers 
  • Women Workers   
For more information on the initiative, please visit while details of how the BWCT fare in the upcoming NWFAwards will be posted on the club’s official website and social media platforms.

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