A PROPER SLOUGH TOWN SHIFT
A former teacher Dan now works at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the Radiotherapy Physics Department and has been a Beaver Scout Leader for 13 years. Supporting Slough since the 2004-5 season, he started volunteering a few years later
Dan "I have been a matchday volunteer at the Club since 2008 when i started selling 50-50/Golden Goal tickets at Beaconsfield. Since then I started getting involved in other activities on and away from matchdays. In 2014 I joined the board of the Supporters Trust and since then have run the Trust's website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. I have also helped to organised many promotion events in the town centre, schools and other locations around Slough in the run up to the homecoming. I am also on the Club Twitter team doing updates on some matches."
“On home matchdays I turn up early to help set up the ground ahead of the match. This means moving the small goals off the pitch, setting up the bar by moving the tables, chairs and fencing around, putting up signs and so on. Then I assist generally around the turnstiles or doing any other jobs that need to be done. After the matches I help to put all the stuff away. It generally means being at Arbour Park for around 8 hours on Saturdays and 4 hours on Tuesdays but it's well worth it to see the bigger crowds at the new ground.
“I believe that the Trust now has a new role to play alongside the Club after all the work that went into promoting the homecoming. After 5 straight years of growth, we're looking to expand the Trust to allow it to benefit the community as the Club grows into its new home."
8 hours on Saturdays! Without volunteers like Dan our club, just like thousands of others up and down the country wouldn't tick. All the unseen background work that takes place to make sure the game goes ahead. It's a serious operation and one that is done on the whole by unpaid volunteers, who would get it in the neck if something went wrong and get little thanks if it all goes right!
So I would say to all supporters – join the Trust, sign up to the 500 club, sponsor a game, encourage your kids to become mascots, hassle your company to take out some advertising, put up posters and get behind the team even when things aren't going well on the pitch.
We can all tell the club to do this and do that, but in the end it's up to all of us to do what we can to help out. It's what football at this level is all about.
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