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Proact Receives American Visitor

24 May 2015

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The Proact Stadium had a visitor from the United States this week as 13-year-old Ben McCormick had a tour of the Spireites' home ground.

Ben visited the Proact with his Chesterfield-born mother Belinda, across the pond to see old friends and family from their home in the US state of Wisconsin. 

It was Ben's first visit to Derbyshire and he learned more about the Spireites by chatting to players Tommy Lee, Drew Talbot and Aaron Chapman - as well as going on a stadium tour with Pete Whiteley, the heritage officer from the Community Trust.

Having finished his tour and taking in the changing rooms, the pitch and the Chetserfield FC Memorial Garden, Ben talked about the differences to the sports grounds he's seen back home.

"We have been walking around the football field," said Ben. "In America they're normally not as open as this, they're a little bit more enclosed."

Ben's uncle, Darren - who still lives locally - was impressed with what he saw at the club's home for the last five years. 

He explained: "I've come here to watch matches, but I've never seen anything behind the scenes before, the new stadium is fantastic. 

"I used to go and watch Chesterfield play at Saltergate and comparing that with what we have here is chalk and cheese, it's fantastic what they've done."

By the end of his time looking around the Proact Ben admitted to have become taken with the Spireites - welcome aboard Ben!

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