Boro Bear bids fond farewell as club ask new applicants to send in their mascot CV

PUBLISHED: 11:41 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:48 20 June 2018

Dave Smith is stepping down as Stevenage FC mascot Boro Bear. CREDIT @laythy29

Dave Smith is stepping down as Stevenage FC mascot Boro Bear. CREDIT @laythy29

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The man behind Boro Bear is retiring from the role prompting Stevenage to advertise for a new person to fill the mascot’s shoes.

Stevenage are looking for a new Boro Bear. CREDIT Stevenage FCStevenage are looking for a new Boro Bear. CREDIT Stevenage FC

The popular Dave Smith, who assumed the role for nearly a decade, is stepping down after bringing joy to many at the Lamex and in our community as a volunteer with the club’s foundation.

With the Broadhall Way outfit gearing up for the start of their pre-season next week, the race is on to find someone who can fill the huge gap Dave has left.

Speaking to CometSport much-loved Dave said: “I’ve done it for nine years. I’m giving it up because I’m getting old.

“I want a youngster to take over.

“I’ve had some wonderful times being Boro Bear over the years.

“Going to Manchester in the play-offs [when Stevenage beat Torquay 1-0 in the 2011 Football. League Two play-off final] was a real highlight.

“As was going to the Gambia with Alex Tunbridge a few years back, that was special.

“What advice would I pass on to the next Boro Bear? Just be mad.

“I’ll still be here next season, I’ll be still working in the boardroom and reception and stuff like that – there’s always jobs to be done – just not as Boro Bear.”

The club are recruting for the role, saying they are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic volunteer, even posting a job spec.

They require the desired candidate to meet and greet supporters in the ground, assist with on pitch activity, photos prior to kick-off and at half-time, as well as contributing to generating crowd excitement during each match.

They also state they need the applicant to have certain ‘qualities’ including: “Previous mascot experience (preferred), a background in acting (preferred), a larger than life personality” as well as being between 5ft 6in and 6ft 2in.

All candidates will be required to have an FA DBS check as well as be available for every Stevenage home game including friendlies, league and cup matches at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

There will also be opportunities to work at Stevenage Foundation events, visit schools and attend community engagement programmes in North Herts.

If this sounds like you then the next Boro Bear is asked to send a covering letter and CV to jamesw@stevenagefc.com.

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