Swans Chairman looks back on season with pride

Slimbridge Chairman Barry Gay had paid tribute to everyone at the club both on and off the pitch in his End of Season message, hailing the Swans first campaign at Southern League level as ‘an outstanding success story’.

‘Leon Sterling and Freddy Ward have done a superb job on a limited budget compared to most clubs in our division, but the team spirit and work ethic that Leon has instilled in these boys has meant that we more than held our own against the top sides in the division. The players have been a credit to the club and I believe that with a few additions we can build on our league position next season. We will all need to work even harder on and off the field to ensure the club continues to progress. Our challenge for next season is to encourage more local spectators through the turnstiles and on that subject I must say a big thank you to those supporters who have supported us home and away in all winds and weathers, we have had some great times along the way.’

‘(There has been) an incredible amount of work, dedication and financial support behind the scenes. I am not going to name individuals because everyone has played a massive part. I must thank all of our sponsors for their financial support, it is all very much appreciated.

The Chairman also discussed the relationship between the Senior setup and Slimbridge Youth Football Club, who are co-hosting a ‘Slimbridge Festival of Football’ at Wisloe Road this weekend, a ground which from now will be referred to as Thornhill Park (a formal renaming ceremony will be held next pre-season).

‘The joint venture of the 5-a-side youth tournament at Thornhill Park on May 8th I am sure will be a great day out and further enhance our relationship with them which I believe is the way forward for both parties.’

The Tournament is now completely full, and will see 41 teams contest at Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 14s level. The day runs from 8.30am-6.30pm. Free parking is available, with admission by Programme priced at £2 per family. With the main pitch being divided into four to host four games simultaneously, there will be plenty to keep visitors busy. There will be stalls within the ground, a bouncy castle, hot food and a licensed bar will be available, with a Tombola and Raffle.

Everyone is welcome to attend and support local youth football.