The Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge is returning for a second season – with Wolverhampton Wanderers the first club to put their skills to the test.
The Sky Bet League 1 club will be looking to set a stiff target for their rivals when they take part in the Challenge, run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, tomorrow.
The ultimate test of accuracy will see ten members of the Wolves squad attempt to chip the ball from the angle of the 18-yard box into a giant inflatable paint pot placed on the six yard line.
One point will be earned each time the paint pot is struck, with a maximum 10 points for anyone who chips the ball in.
Clubs around the country will take part in the challenge over the coming months, all aiming to emulate last season’s winners Oxford United to claim the top prize of Johnstone’s Paint product to use on a club project.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy team will be on hand to capture all of the action on camera, with the videos being posted on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJPT.
And, in an exciting new twist for 2013-14, one lucky supporter from each club will get the opportunity to join their heroes as the team’s 11th man for the Challenge.
The first fan in the spotlight is Phil Pritchard, pictured on the right, a 54-year-old lifelong Wolves fan who now lives in Derby.
“After finding out I was the winning fan on Friday, I’ve spent the weekend practicing,” said Phil, whose father’s cousin, Billy Hartill, made more than 200 appearances for Wolves in the 1920s and 1930s.
“It’s going to be a great experience and I’m looking forward to the chance to compete with the players in the Paint Pot Challenge.
“There is obviously Wolves blood in the genes so hopefully that will inspire me to chip the ball in the paint pot.”
Ben Wilde, Brand and Sponsorship Manager for Johnstone’s Paint, believes the addition of supporter involvement will provide a compelling feature to the Challenge’s second season.
He said: “To give fans the chance to meet the players and take part in the Paint Pot Challenge is an extremely exciting aspect of this season’s competition.
“The Paint Pot Challenge enjoyed a very successful first season with some fantastic action viewed by more than 30,000 fans on our official You Tube channel - and we want to build on that this season.
“We are delighted that Wolves are the first club taking part.”
For all the latest information regarding the ‘Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge’, please visit www.johnstonespainttrophy.com.