SWINDON Town Supporters Trust board member Alex Pollock rounds up the latest news and information to emerge from the group over the past fortnight.

September has continued to be a busy period for the Trust. We recently said farewell to owner and chairman Clem Morfuni as he headed back to Australia for the time being, and we very much hope to see him later in the year.

Before he departed, he was kind enough to free up some time for a number of projects with us.

Alongside Rob Angus, Clem hosted Trust board members at The County Ground to meet with Debs Dilworth from the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) - the national, democratic, representatives body for football supporters in England and Wales.

This was the first such meeting of the three organisations in Trust STFC’s 20-year history and we feel the meeting was hugely productive for all parties.

We discussed a wide variety of matters to progress off the field, including the new ownership, our recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, as well as topics like women’s football and improving the match-day experience.

Earlier this month, we launched our ‘Schools Ticket Initiative’’ with the club and STFC Community Foundation.

Over 500 tickets were handed out to six local schools, to help encourage the next generation of fans to support their local team.

On the theme of the next generation, one of Clem’s final stops before heading home was to visit Highworth Town Juniors Football Club with Steve Mytton (Trust STFC Chair), launching efforts to hand out free tickets to as many clubs in the North Wilts Youth Football League as possible.

Around 300 tickets were handed out for the Port Vale game, and a further 300 for last weekend’s game against Colchester United. I’m sure the results will turn around soon and the kids can enjoy a Town victory on their first visit!

Over the coming weeks and months, Trust STFC will continue to progress with initiatives around the club and the local community to improve all aspects of fans engagement and transparency.

If Trust members or fans have any ideas, suggestions, or questions for us, please feel free to get in touch at any stage.