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Bristol City get back in the swing of things

Lee Johnson testing his golfing skills. Photo: ITV News

The Bristol City football team forgot about their on-going relegation battle and took to the fairway in support of its charity partner, Children's Hospice South West.

Head Coach Lee Johnson and his players teed off alongside club supporters in a special golf day to raise money and awareness.

Bristol City players enjoying a round of golf. Credit: ITV News

The season is approaching the final stretch but Bristol City still have an awful lot to play for.

Players and coaches happily swapped footballs for golf balls and their everyday concerns for a greater cause.

Joe Bryan, Bristol City player, said "I think a lot of the players have young families and we go down there (Children's Hospice South West), they are pretty close to the training ground, we go down there and we see the work first hand and the joy they put on young families faces so I think that touched our hearts and made us want to work closely with them."

Bristol City players at the Hospice. Credit: ITV News

Olly Slym, from Children's Hospice South West said, "We are so lucky that they are on board, and I think they have all come on a tour and seen what we do for the children of the South West."

"They fell in love with it and they fully embraced it and they do so much for us, we don't even have to push them. They just do it and it's an amazing relationship we've got with the players, we are really grateful."

Bristol City players at the Hospice. Credit: ITV News

The Bristol City players were teeing off on the golf course with more smiles on their faces because they recently achieved a degree of lift-off on the football pitch after two very timely wins in a row.

Frank Fielding, Bristol City player, said "I'm not saying that our dressing room has been down because we have been really upbeat, but definitely after the weekend it was unbelievable."

"It's been a while since we got 2 on the bounce. The win against Huddersfield got the dressing room rocking again."

City players enjoying the fine weather and golf. Credit: ITV News

This was a rare opportunity for supporters to rub shoulders with their team. Here is what a few of them had to say:

And It's a relationship that will surely prosper in the coming weeks if Lee Johnson and his players can play their way to Championship safety.