Albion's assistant manager took part in the first day of the ride.
Colin Calderwood praised the work Albion in the Community do after taking part in the charity’s annual bike ride.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s assistant manager rode the first day of the challenge, cycling from Brighton to Dover, and the Scot was impressed with the event.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It was the first ride I have done in a group in an organised fashion and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I really wished I could have gone on for the next couple of days but a prior booking meant I couldn’t. I would have loved to go cycling with the group abroad and maybe next season if the timing is better, I will be able to that.
“Charity arms are the part of football clubs that has definitely developed as much as academies and training grounds have, but this is an extremely well-run charity.
“The way it is presented at players’ evenings, Christmas doos and the awareness of it is excellent.
“There are a lot of charities out there doing wonderful things and wonderful causes, but when you say it is for Brighton and Albion in the Community, there is no defined disease or reason, so it is about trying to explain to everyone a little bit of the work we do and the involvement people have.”
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Calderwood has raised around £1000 so far, but admitted that he still has to ask the players.
“It has just been friends and family so far, but I don’t even think the players know I have done it yet, so I will make sure I get Steve Gibbon to mention it!”
Over 30 riders carried on after Calderwood left the group, riding over 250 miles to Brussels, including AITC chief executive Gary Townsend, who thanked the former Tottenham player for taking part.
“Having Colin along was great and he was no slouch on a bike either! Just to have someone from the first-team set-up along is a huge boost for the charity and he is a really amiable guy who got involved with the group.
“I know the fans on the ride loved having a chance to engage with him as well, so we cannot thank Colin enough for his support and hope to see him for the full ride next year!”
To sponsor Colin, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ColinCalderwoodBHAFC.