Late last month Slough Town was accepted as an official Kick It Out Equality Chartered Club. This marks the beginning of an ambitious #OneSlough campaign by the club to increase the diversity of fans coming through the turnstiles at Arbour Park to be more representative of the wider community of the town.
With several high profile incidents making the wrong kind of headlines recently – England vs Bulgaria, the Manchester Derby and even at lower levels with games at Haringey Borough and Padiham being abandoned – it seems as good a time as any to remind all of our supporters of the standards we set ourselves as a club.
Slough Town Football Club is a family-orientated club that takes great pride in providing an outstanding match day experience for all fans.
Although I have rarely, if ever, seen such incidents during my years supporting the Rebels, please let me reiterate that abuse has no place at Arbour Park. If you see it happen, please report it to a steward or club official immediately.
People caught directing any kind of racial or homophobic abusive language to anyone at Arbour Park can expect an immediate lifetime ban. We all want our home in the town to continue to be one the best places to watch football in non-league in a fun and safe environment for all fans. As a club, we will not tolerate anyone who wishes to spoil this experience for others.
With that said, we intend #OneSlough to be a positive campaign that will run through 2020 and I ask all fans to get behind the overarching principles behind it. Work has already begun in promoting the club to areas of the community who are not heavily represented in our typical matchday crowd but the scale of the job is huge!
We are looking for volunteers from under-represented groups in our diverse community to act as “Slough Town Champions”. As a “Champion” you will work very closely with me on strategies to raise awareness of our club to these communities, distribute tickets and matchday posters. Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out.
You do not have to be a part of those communities to get involved. We have an excellent supply of #OneSlough posters printed and I’m happy to supply them to Rebels fans and will often provide a couple of free tickets to any businesses that display one.
Finally, as is the way of the world these days, when you are posting on social media don’t forget to use the hashtag #OneSlough.
I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas. Here’s to a successful 2020 on and off the pitch.
STFC Community Engagement Manager
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