[ 1st August 2015 ]

Sporting star Adam puts Greyhounds in the box seat

They say every dog has his day and a talented young Sheffield boxer is showing his support for athletes of the four-legged variety!

Light-middleweight boxer Adam Etches, 24, visited Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, to raise awareness of the athletic prowess of greyhounds and what wonderful animals they are.

It was part of the celebrations for Yorkshire Greyhound Day, which takes place this Friday, 14 August. It was first celebrated in 2012 to mark 80 years since the sport of greyhound racing was introduced to the region via Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and to raise awareness of the loving dogs.

Boxer Adam said: “It’s been fantastic to get involved with Yorkshire Greyhound Day. Greyhounds are not only fantastic athletes, but they are also renowned for making the perfect family pets because they don’t need lots of walking and have a very gentle nature.”

Owlerton helps to fund the Sheffield branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) farm, based at Rotherham Gate Lodge, in Wortley. Since opening in 2006, the charity has found new homes for more than 1,000 retired greyhounds.

To celebrate Yorkshire Greyhound Day, anyone who visits Owlerton Stadium for the race night on Friday 14 August and buys a tip sheet from the Sheffield RGT will receive a free RGT memento.

John Gilburn, chairman of the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust and managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “Yorkshire Greyhound Day is an important date in our calendar as we celebrate our love for greyhound racing, but also for the dogs themselves who are wonderful animals.

“Since launching in 2012, Yorkshire Greyhound Day has grown year-on-year and we were delighted to welcome Adam to the stadium to support the day, help promote the work of the Sheffield RGT and encourage people to consider about adopting a greyhound as a pet.”

For more information visit www.greyhoundtrustsheffield.com or http://fentidev.co.uk/owlerton_old.