Hemel Hempstead shoppers gave an enthusiastic two-footed response to Riverside Shopping Centre’s penalty shootout competition.
It was a simple enough premise – all would-be winners had to do was turn up and shoot footballs at an inflatable goal. Each target was worth points, and the most points won a prize.
Scott Walters of Hemel Hempstead was top scorer and won a Riverside hamper which included a free meal at Chiquen and a free meal from Pizza Express, a book from Waterstones and six months’ free membership of the Anytime Fitness gym.
“We wanted to do something which helped put people in the mood for this summer’s big sporting event – the FIFA World Cup,” said centre manager David Robinson.
“Football has always provided that bond and sense of identity between the generations and combining this with Father’s Day weekend was a great way to do it.
“But Scott wasn’t the only one to gain – Chiquen was handing out delicious grilled chicken, Starbucks was giving away free samples of its Summer Drinks range and Anytime Fitness had free day passes to its gym up for grabs.
“It all proves that there’s a lot more than just shopping to a visit to Riverside.”