We recognise that supporters are frustrated by the lack of information being provided by the club - and we feel this frustration too. We are in a difficult position between wanting to keep everyone informed and not really having much in the way of concrete news to share. What we don’t want to do is give out details and set expectations, which ultimately cannot be delivered.
We are working with all external partners, including The National League, FA, Slough Borough Council and The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to do our best to ensure we are ready for when spectators can be admitted to First Team games. There is much that is still unclear - most significantly, how many supporters will be able to attend games. For this reason, at this stage we are not proposing to make season tickets available. We are looking at alternatives for former season ticket holders, the details of which we will share soon.
Matchdays at Arbour Park will undoubtedly look rather different in future - everything from the approach to the turnstiles, to buying your programme, your pasties and pints and seating arrangements. Please rest assured that everything we put in place will be to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to protect our supporters, volunteers, players and the wider community. It may be that in the process we have to make decisions that are unpopular with supporters, to meet the Health and Safety stipulations around COVID-19.
This is an unprecedented time and we need to all work together to make the best possible matchday experience for all of us. For this reason, we will need to rely on everyone attending Arbour Park to support us in accepting the “new normal” and working with us for everyone’s benefit.
Despite this frustratingly slow progress, we have made considerable progress in other areas. This weekend saw the return of spectators to Arbour Park for the lower steps of football, including our Ladies team.
Over the summer we have added a second Ladies team to the Slough Town family, along with the U23 team who are in competitive action for the first time tonight.
We have set up a streaming provision for our home pre-season matches, so that even though you can’t attend in person, you won’t miss out on seeing our new players in action. The FA have also agreed to relax the rules on streaming live matches at 3pm on Saturdays, which will be great news to those fans who are unable to return to Arbour Park for any reason.
We were also successful in a grant application which will help fund some of the changes needed to make matchdays safe for us all.
In terms of the football side, we are blessed to have two of the best managers around in Jon and Neil, who both care greatly for the club and understand the challenges non-league clubs face. They have been excellent through this period in assembling an exciting squad for the season ahead and we, like all of you look forward to watching how this unfolds.
We hope that everyone remains safe and well. We can't wait to see everyone back at Arbour Park as soon as possible. We thank you all for your support as always, and please be assured that we are working hard to get things moving in the right direction.
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