Swansea City prove popular in Barclays Premier League Live event in Cape Town, South Africa
23rd March 2016
Swansea City's involvement in the two-day Barclays Premier League Live fans event in South Africa proved a huge success.
The interactive fan park at Camps Bay High School in Cape Town attracted over 35,000 people across both days with Swansea City's zone one of the most popular at the event, which was also attended by Premier League legends Robbie Fowler and Peter Schmeichel along with former South African stars Lucas Radebe and Quentin Fortune.
Following on from the club's successful participation in last year's event in India, the South Africa leg proved even more popular with the Swans tent giving supporters an opportunity to take play an interactive agility game, pictures in front of the squad and Liberty Stadium while they also got their hands on free merchandise and Swans stickers.
As well as a thriving tent, the Swans held a goalkeeping course via academy coach Andrew Sparkes while the 1-0 win over Aston Villa was also shown live on the big screen in front of a packed audience.
A familiar face made sure he visited the Swans tent, with former keeper Ryan Harrison - who started his career in the Swans' youth ranks - stopping by.
"It was great to see the Swans at the event," said Harrison, who has lived in South Africa for the last six years. "The set up was fantastic and I was very impressed with what the club brought to BPL Live.
"You could see everyone walking around with their Swansea badges and shirts. The queues were massive - you literally couldn't see through a sea of people.
"Swansea is a fantastic club with a great support base, so it is no surprise to me that fans in South Africa are supporting them."
Angelo Portain, who attended the fan park on Sunday, has been following the Swans from his home in South Africa. And he believes the Swans have had a big impact in fans in Cape Town.
"I am so glad I could be there to meet the coaches and take part in the activities. The experience was amazing," he said.
"I went to see the Swansea tent and I won a Swans jersey from one of the games and got to meet all the amazing people involved.
"The queue to see the Swansea tent was huge all weekend, which speaks volumes and shows the Jack Army is spreading across the world."
Meanwhile, Swansea City Under-19s arrived in Cape Town on Monday to prepare for the Metropolitan Premier Cup.
The side have been drawn in Group G and begin the tournament against PPG Langa on Thursday before games against Glenwegians FC and Stephanian Ottery.
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