By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 27 2017 11:48AM
As the season draws to a close, we have decided to look back on the homecoming season and the highlights of what has been a busy and very successful season for the Trust.
The Trust has been heavily involved in the match marking the return of Slough Town FC to the town, taking part in key planning decisions for making the Arbour Park experience so successful through the phase 1 and phase 2 construction. Many of the key volunteers that have established roles at Arbour Park are Trust members and/or members of the Trust board. The board is also represented in the new Club structure with chairman Mike Lightfoot taking roles on the Club committees. It has been truly amazing to see the Club attendances rise to over 600 in the league and so many new and returning faces.
Highlights of the homecoming season included:
- Promotion events at Foxborough Primary, Cippenham Infants, Langley Carnival and the Polish Club
- Many charity collections at Arbour Park, plus the car park permit collections, raising more than £3700 for Prostate Cancer UK, the Princess Alice hospice, Jamie Mines, London Frame football, St Joseph’s Mission to Thailand, Mark Scott and Cancer Research UK
- Presenting £920 to Sebastian’s Action Trust raised from the Sponsored Historical Walk last April
- Christmas prize draw raising just over £800 for the Trust
- The Winter Wonderland trip to Hyde Park
- Sponsoring and presenting a new set of kit for the older years of St Joseph’s School
- Sponsoring the Club through a new advertising board at Arbour Park
- Arranging the successful Sponsored Walk for the Wexham Park reminiscent room project where 22 walkers took on either a 14 or 6 mile challenge walking from Heatherwood to Wexham Park and Arbour Park for the last game of the season - you can still donate to the fund by going to our Sponsored Walk page
- The Trust sponsoring a coach for the new STFC girls team through the summer
Of course on the pitch it has been a fantastic season with the team riding high in the Southern League Premier Division for the whole season and a 5th placed finish seeing the Club travel in great numbers to Leamington. 63 Rebels travelled on our supporters coaches to the game as part of an upward trend that saw coach take up increase over the second half of the season including 46 on the coach to Kettering. We’d like to thank everyone who has used the coach this season and we hope to see you back on the coaches next season.
The season may be over, however there’s still plenty to get involved with. On Sunday there is the annual Stand Out for Autism match against the Arsenal charity team at York Road, where both teams play for the David Pearcy Memorial Trophy honouring one of our most dedicated supporters, so please get down there and support the match to raise money for charity.
Also coming up is our new curtain-raiser to the pre-season schedule, the Slough Town Open, a new community foot golf event to be held at Richings Park Golf Club. All details can be found on the poster on our Events page, so get a team together and get in touch to book your place. Some of the entry fee will go to the reminiscent room project fundraising, and it should be a great social event with all of the community welcome to join in including secondary schools, colleges, community groups and sports clubs.
Thank you also to our 145 members who signed up to support the Trust this season. It’s our fifth year of growth and we would love to keep that going with the increased crowds at Arbour Park. Membership will re-open around the start of pre-season so keep an eye out for future updates.