Football’s Coming Home, the 1996 release to mark England’s hosting of that year's European Championships has become an anthem for our national team. Today we find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, with many of us largely confined to our homes. The Premier League and the EFL has announced their intention to complete the season, albeit behind closed doors, while the European Championships in the men’s game has been postponed. The only football taking place at the moment is at home whether this is in our back gardens, re-watching memorable games or too many hours spent on FIFA (I’ve heard all the excuses many times before).
Despite the challenges, and for some sadness, of our current circumstances, better times will return. As a Club this will mean football coming home, coming back to School Lane. The opportunity to train and play alongside team mates once again. The excitement that comes before a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday game. Banter, bacon rolls and halftime oranges. A chance to chat with familiar faces that you haven’t seen on the touchline for many weeks. All this will return.
Given the current uncertainties, planning for events in the near-term is challenging. Unfortunately, it’s not feasible to run our highly regarded five a-side tournament this year. However, it is important to mark the achievements of the current season and we are committed to hosting awards events when we can.
Behind the scenes work continues on building the Club’s long-term potential through increased community participation and the development of an all-weather facility. Last month, the Club’s application to be registered as a charity was approved by the Charity Commission. This marks a major milestone in our development plans and in particular will help the Club access new sources of funding.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at School Lane and in the meantime, keep safe.