Now in the early stages of the 2019-2020 Season, FaST would like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the support that we offer the Club both financially and in practical terms with the various projects undertaken.
This is mutually beneficial to the club to enhance the Ground infrastructure and to supporters for the improvement of their match day experience. All this could not be done without the support of our members with subscriptions, donations and voluntary work and we are proud to say that since the Trust formation in 2005 almost £150,000 has been raised and donated to the club. In monetary terms this is worth much more to the club as a considerable part of the work has been carried out on a voluntary basis thereby saving substantial labour costs.
In the past 12 months projects include refurbishment of both Ladies and Gentleman’s toilets serving the Platinum Lounge and refurbishment of the Ladies and Gentleman’s toilets serving the downstairs clubhouse. The Referee’s room is currently undergoing an upgrade partially funded by FaST and the remainder by the Club but all work is being carried out voluntarily by FaST Board Members Phil Martin and Kevin Dyer. We show below a selection of pictures highlighting (at the foot of the article) before, in progress and after conditions. A boot cube has been purchased to implement the football boot exchange scheme and is placed in the Club Shop. Also during the close season purchase of replacement lamps needed for the floodlights. In the long term it is planned to finish external cladding to the main stand and complete the rainwater drainage system.
Ways of funding FaST
In order to carry on our ground development work FaST members and non-members can utilise the following methods of payment:-
- Standing Orders, Electronic Transfers or Cheques made payable to FaST
- One-off donations to FaST specifically for FaST Ground Development Funding
- By donation bucket on Matchdays on the 50/50 table
- Membership fees income raised by more fans joining FaST. This also enables new members access to FaST membership benefits such as reduced costs of travelling on minibuses to away games and discounted club merchandise in the Club Shop.
FaST bank details are:
Sort Code: 30-90-89
Account Number: 37588460
Quote reference: FaST/Farnborough Supporters Society Limited
Please visit the FaST website for more information and updates at: www.farnborough-trust.org.uk
FaST is currently pushing a new membership drive to give more support to the club. To this end long term supporter Libby Mills has kindly agreed to spearhead this initiative on matchdays and has already been successful in signing up several new members. So do look out for her. For those non-members reading this article why not come and join us and enable FaST to carry out even more projects enhancing our already excellent stadium.
We already have a say in the running of the club as one of our Board is a Director of the club. Regular meetings are held with club Directors to discuss matters of mutual interest. To make the joining process even easier and for those who prefer the electronic route, all that you need to do is go to the FaST website and hit the join button in the menu bar and follow the on screen directions. Joining can now be a paperless exercise. Alternatively, joining forms are held by Libby on matchdays and at the 50/50 FaST table. Our Membership Secretary Paul Spicer will be happy to process.
FaST have recently introduced a Junior Membership status for Under 16’s at a joining fee of £3. This will entitle junior members to the same benefits of reduced cost travelling on the away minibuses and discounted price of club merchandise in the Club Shop as full members. A goodie bag is supplied upon joining. So we hope many young supporters and their parents will encourage them to join.
Finally, may FaST take the opportunity to wish the players and management of Farnborough FC and their supporters a happy and rewarding season.
Referee’s changing room
Platinum Lounge – Men’s Toilets
Platinum Lounge – Ladies Toilets