Despite the heavy April showers and cold temperatures, the opening week of the Beer Garden went really well, thanks to the incredibly hard work of the staff who made sure that everything was in place to comply with the social distancing regulations in the frantic week before the return of hospitality to the Club.
The support from our customers was also wonderful and everyone had an enjoyable time in the company of friends that they hadn't seen in person for a long time.
You are all our life and soul, and it was encouraging to listen to so many positive comments about the way that everything was planned, apart from the unseasonal weather conditions! All we need now is the post-election Senedd to allow spectators to return to watch ‘live football’.
After the debacle and greed of the European Super League perhaps more and more people will realise that they have a proper community Club on their doorstep, who will treat everyone with the respect that they deserve.
For supporters that enjoy their regular visit to the MetCoaches Community Stadium on a Saturday or Tuesday evening: a pre and post game drink in the clubhouse: our famous cob and chips on the terrace and a chance to meet safely with other supporters, non-league football is there to be cherised.
Hopefully, we have been able to keep everyone up to date with our regular postings on the Clubs website, Twitter feed and Facebook site. We do all of this because we know it is important to keep communication channels with our supporters open, especially during our enforced hibernation.
Many were feeling despondent about football in general before the voice of the fans crushed the breakaway ideas of the big six, but hopefully in two months time we could see the return of first team football, so we would encourage everyone to bring a friend along to a game when the new season starts and let them see for themselves that PROPER football does still exist.
We only have a few more weeks to wait until we can open up our hospitality service indoors and we will see the return of the extremely popular Sunday lunches on 23rd May. Please make sure that you book early to avoid any disappointment
The Community Foundations partnership with Street Football and Coalfields Regeneration Trust started recently and if you know anyone who has experienced homelessness in the last three years please encourage them to join the sessions on Friday afternoon at 2pm. We have also been in discussion with local schools about our Summer programmes, although this will be dependant on the classroom bubbles being lifted. Both partnerships will help to raise awareness of the community engagement.
Don’t forget that the Beer Garden will be open again next weekend from 5pm on Friday and if you want to secure a table be sure to book in plenty of time.