Half Time Entertainment with the Cardiff City Foundation continued over the festive period in City’s Sky Bet Championship fixtures at home to Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.
Those who stayed in their seats during the intervals of both matches at Cardiff City Stadium were treated to two hard-fought competitions involving Canton Rangers FC, IBF Featherweight Champion, Lee Selby, and Father Christmas himself!
NOTTINGHAM FOREST: SELBY vs SANTA
First up was Forest, as our half time host, Huw Day, presented a blockbuster clash between Lee Selby and Santa Claus.
The Selby vs Santa challenge saw them chip four footballs from the half-way line towards the Family Stand, where two ball boys with bags were on hand to catch them.
Santa got off to a flying start with a well-guided effort finding its way straight into the bag, without his ball boy having to move an inch!
The gloves were now well and truly off and, after two unsuccessful efforts, Selby finally levelled the game with an excellent effort.
However, there was late drama to come as Santa decided to showboat – producing a perfectly measured attempt with his left-foot, which nestled in the bag.
IBF Featherweight Champion, Lee Selby, was unable to respond and, as a gesture of seasonal goodwill, allowed Santa to lift his belt in front of the CCS crowd!
BLACKBURN ROVERS: POST-XMAS WORKOUT
After one too many mince pies throughout the festive period, a little inspiration is often needed to get active in the New Year.
With that in mind, the Cardiff City Foundation held a relay race featuring members of Canton Rangers FC, helping to inspire Bluebirds fans around Cardiff City Stadium to don their running shoes after Christmas.
The competitors split into two teams of eight and traded the traditional relay batons for footballs – the winners being the first team to complete a lap around the pitch and kick the ball into the net.
Both teams exploded into action from the word go, with a ten-metre lead opening up as they sprinted past the Ninian Stand, before a burst of speed closed the gap between the two sides.
This made for an enthralling finale as the final-leg runners passed the Grandstand before both hitting the back of the net, with a photo finish needed to decide the winners!
Canton Rangers FC received a signed ball for their efforts which they will auction to help raise money for their Club. The boys were taking part in a Pre-Match Pro’s package, where they received a meal, an hour’s coaching and watched City beat Rovers 1-0, along with competing in the relay race.
For those looking to kick-start a healthy 2016, Cardiff City FC Foundation have free entry spaces for the IAAF/Cardiff University Word Half Marathon Championships 2016. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Cardiff City Foundation's website here.