December 2015 Newsletter #3
It’s been a year that has brought many highs and lows for Swindon Town, but yesterdays news about Martin Ling’s health has put things into perspective. His short spell in charge at the Club brought us some stability and some excellent results, but there are many things in life more important than football, and so it goes without saying that we wish him all the best for the future.
In this final newsletter of the year, it’s a good time to review our TrustSTFC progress and whilst there is still much room for improvement, there are many positives for us to reflect upon. Here are a few of the highlights:
In January we launched our educational website www.learnaboutstfc.co.uk and this has been a really positive tool that we have used as part of our “Trust in Schools” initiative, where we signed up 44 Schools as Trust partners. Next year we intend to promote the site a lot more within these Schools and ensure the kids out there really understand what a rich history our great Football Club has.
The reduced price Schools ticket offer that we ran from January through until May added around 600-700 people to each home gate. These are the fans of the future.
In March we helped Town Fan Jay Collett get going on his mission to improve the atmosphere at home and away fixtures by donating, and helping promote his efforts. His first venture at Vale Park helped create a carnival atmosphere and and he later followed that up with a brilliant crowd display at Wembley.
We met with Justin Tomlinson MP in September to discuss improving disabled facilities at the County Ground, and he was tremendously supportive. More to come on that front.
In August we launched our fundraising website www.redarmyfund.co.uk which has been a long time in the making. The Red Army Fund is absolutely crucial to our plans for the coming years and we would urge you all to support it in whatever way you can.
There has also been a great deal of work involved this year to get us ready to start the transformation of Stratton Bank, and we’ll be sharing more on that in the New Year.
We now have over 1500 members, and in November we revamped our membership communications tools so that in 2016 we can become a much more collaborative organisation. We have already seen the benefit of that system as many more of you are now getting in touch and sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
In the New Year we will be enhancing our offering even further with a brand new website that we hope will take us together as a group in a very positive way.
Wishing you all the best for 2016 from the TrustSTFC team.
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