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KELLY DERHAM WRITES...

8 April 2019

Operations Director's column from last Saturday's match programme

Last Sunday we were really pleased to host Crawley Wasps in their FA Women’s National League match here at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Although they were defeated by Billericay Town and must win two games out of five to claim the league title, it was still a fantastic occasion for the Wasps and we have had some great feedback from their players and officials.

As I have mentioned before, we have had productive discussions with them about a future partnership and we will be meeting them again in the near future. In the meantime, good luck to the Wasps in their quest for the title when they host Cambridge United tomorrow.

We really are into the business end of the season now and the management and players are acutely aware we need an upturn in results if we are to secure another season of League Two football.

But planning for next season has already started and we we are really pleased with our kit design for the 2019-20 season, following the renewal of our partnership with Errea. This will be released during the summer break.

We are also starting to firm up arrangements for pre-season friendlies and our training ground for next season. Again, look out for announcements in the coming weeks.

I’d like to remind supporters of our annual Easter Egg Appeal for Chestnut Tree House Hospice. If you’re popping to the supermarket, why not buy an extra egg and bring it to the ticket office before April 16. All donations are hugely appreciated.

Today is the game where we promote the great work being done by the Kick It Out campaign to try and eradicate racism from the game. Kick It Out have made great strides since its inception in 1993, but the appalling abuse directed at England players in Montenegro last month provided a stark reminder that a lot of work still has to be done.

Thankfully, incidents here at The People’s Pension Stadium are extremely rare but if you do witness racist behavior please do not hesitate to report it to the nearest steward.

Finally, I’d like to wish our Media Intern Craig Bratt good luck. This is his last game before he takes up an exciting position in Gibraltar and we wish him all the very best.

Kelly


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