SWINDON Town would like to thank the Swindon Town Supporters’ Club for their generous donation in helping to purchase a set of Polar Heartbeat Monitors for the players.
The First Team squad have been making good use of the new equipment during pre-season so far, wearing the Polar watches during training and in the friendly fixtures played to date.
Sports Scientist, Michael Cooper, told the official website that the watches were making a real difference: “The information that the polar watches now give us helps the Sports Science and the medical team make more accurate assessments on players during both training in the week and on matchdays,” he said. “It gives us an understanding of how players are recovering and an insight into their exertion during training and games among other things. We can also contextualise the data so we can understand our players better and make key decisions on things like whether they need to do more work or less work.”
He continued: “The more information we have, the better. This has given us another option and we would like to thank the Supporters Club for funding this. It takes my job and the physio’s job up another level.”
General Manager, Steve Anderson, also expressed his gratitude:
“The Supporters Club have a long history of fundraising for the football club and this fantastic gesture is just another example of their good work,” he said. “We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to every member of the Supporters Club and hope that our relationship goes from strength to strength.”
The Supporters Club released the following statement:
The Swindon Town Supporters Club were delighted that Chairman Lee Power and Manager Mark Cooper had time to call in at a recent Committee meeting. Chairman Roger Bunce gave the history of the Supporters Club, reporting that through fundraising over the years it had given the club well over £250,000 since it was reformed, the majority coming from the 50/50 draw and the Pounds for
Points scheme administered by Mavis Knight. As a result of the meeting, we were able to donate, along with SAS travel, £6000 for Polar Heart Beat Monitors as requested by the manager as essential training aids. We have also donated £10,000 to the Academy for their trip to Northern Ireland for the Milk Cup. This is the 6th time we have supported this team on their visit to Ireland.
We have also paid for our match and kit sponsorships for the forthcoming season: the match against Fleetwood and Nathan Byrne as our sponsored player. A draw will be held involving all members to see who will be on our table of ten. Other immediate benefits of Supporters Club membership are 5% discount in the STFC Store and discount on away travel.
We will also this season be holding a members draw for ‘money can’t buy prizes’ so see the programme and website for full details once the season gets under way.
Please feel free to come and visit our table on a match day in the bar where you can renew your membership or join for the first time.
The Chairman and the Manager are delighted how the Supporters Club have already donated the sums of money and have openly said they look forward to continue good working relationships.