2018 has been another successful year for the Slough Town Supporters Trust. We’ve picked out some of the highlights from the last year to review what we have done and to give anyone who doesn’t know an idea of what we do.
There has however been some sadness as we have said goodbye to devoted supporters and club legends. We work hard to continue what these people did for the Club and dedicate what we do to all those who work for and support STFC.
We finished the 2017-18 season with 195 members and we have gone on to beat that once again, reaching 204 members over the festive period – giving us 7 straight years of growth. Thank you to all those who signed up to be members once again and to those who have joined for the first time. Our free junior membership offer still stands as we look to get the next generation behind the work of the Trust.
The support for the supporters’ coaches continues to go from strength to strength, with our new partnership with Apple coaches proving very successful. After running coaches to every game in a long run of midweek away games at the end of last season, three coaches ran to the playoff final at Kings Lynn. We also ran full coaches to Welling and Eastbourne and two coaches to the FA Cup game at Sutton, while the numbers on other coaches remain high, allowing us to keep the fares down. Thanks to all who use the coaches.
We always have more projects lined up and will bring you more news on these, as well as the follow up from other projects, as we get the details sorted.
Happy New Year to all of our members and everyone associated with STFC!
Here are some of the highlights:
- We agreed a donation package to support the STFC Juniors, allowing them to train through the winter on the 3G at Arbour Park, at a cost of around £1200
- We ran a coach to the funeral of ‘Super Kev’ to allow supporters to attend
- A sponsored set of kit was donated to St Mary’s School, Farnham Common
- We’ve offered new member discounts at the Wheatsheaf, Moon and Spoon and Potters Arms
- The Trust sponsored the Farnham Royal Cricket Club colts team for their summer season
- Club and Trust ran promotion events at Britwell Summer Celebration, Cippenham Carnival and Slough PlayDay in the summer
- The Sponsored Walk took in the provisional route of the Slough Half Marathon, raising £1650 split between the Trust and Berkshire Vision
- A team of Trust members took part in the 2018 Slough Barrell Roll, helping towards the final total of £1150 raised for local charity Destiny Support
- We agreed to sponsor the match filming for the Club’s first season in the National League South at a cost of £3000
- The Trust received £5000 from the estate of Dave Carpenter, some of which has been used to fund our first ever entries into the National League Trust U11s Cup, as well as a new gazebo and banners for use at Arbour Park and other events – we’ll keep you updated with any further uses
- In the National League Trust U11s Cup, which took place at Arbour Park in November, teams from Lynch Hill and Priory Schools emerged as our representatives after a busy afternoon of football, with 6 girls teams and 10 boys/mixed teams taking part. We’ll follow them to the next round in the new year.
- The Christmas Draw raised £1043 for the Trust, with 14 prizes on offer