On Monday, Swindon Town footballer Joe Tomlinson (proudly sponsored by TrustSTFC) visited Croft Primary School as part of a joint initiative with the Swindon Town Community Foundation.
The visit opened with a Q&A session and the kids took the opportunity to interact with some great questions about his career, along with other fun questions, like “How many block tackles have you made?”
“I really enjoyed it,” said Joe. “I grew up in the area and attended Swindon Town Community Foundation football events as a kid, although back then it was known as ‘Football in the Community’.
It’s great to now help out with similar sessions and and give something back.”
The Swindon Town Supporters’ Trust designed and funded the printing of new photocards for the children, which Joe signed for each and every youngster.
TrustSTFC Chairman Steve Mytton commented “Joe was brilliant. He’s not only a great player on the pitch, but also a great ambassador off the pitch, and was so engaging with the children throughout. The kids had lots of questions and were excited to see him and get an autograph.”
After the Q&A session, Joe acted as referee for a football session, coaching and encouraging the young players. “I would love to do more of this,” added Joe. “I see it as a great opportunity for me to inspire the next generation of Town fans and help promote the club to a younger audience.”
As part of its commitment to the community and growing the fanbase, the Trust also donated two Swindon Town footballs to the school. The event was a fantastic example of how the Trust, Club and Foundation can work together to engage with communities and inspire the next generation of fans.