MANY people who know me will be aware that I am a positive kind of guy, and always look for the good in everything, writes Stafford Rangers commercial manager Stuart Maun.
I must admit even I am struggling a little bit at the moment when it comes to my beloved football club.
Just nothing seems to be going our way and it is certainly a tough time at the moment being a Rangers fan. Naturally, when things are not going well, people's opinions and feedback is completely different. I will, as always, try to bring you the positives from the business at the moment.
You will know that the club wants to encourage our younger fans to Marston Road, whether it be in groups or with their families. Only last week, the club welcomed a “birthday party” for one of our first time fans.
In the same week, the club was represented at the local inter-schools football tournament at King Edward V1 School, and towards the end of the month, we will be hosting a tour of the ground for the Allsorts after school club (based at John Wheeldon Primary School).
Allsorts is a school and holiday club for 4-11
year olds and it may well be the first (of hopefully many) visits for these youngsters. I'm sure they will all go away with a memory from the ground that will make them want to return.
If you are a teacher or club leader who may be interested in arranging a visit to the ground then please let me know. Generally these can happen on Tuesday's between 10am and 3pm for up to 15 children.
The children from the King Edward V1 football tournament all came away with vouchers to return to a league game on November 9 against high flyers Chorley. Let’s hope plenty of the kids take up the offer of free admission for them and one adult.
I'm pretty sure the kids coming on the tour may receive a little incentive too - but I don't want to give anything away! The more we can encourage our younger visitors, the better.
Last week in my article it was also mentioned about trying to get the youngsters involved, feeling part of the club and having a say in the future of the Stafford Rangers mascot Bobby the Badger.
Five years ago, the students at the former Brooklands School chose the name and profile
for Bobby the Badger, and so it was hoped that other children would get involved this time round.
Pleasingly a couple of fans have already been in touch with some great ideas and also some potential names! If it is decided, (by the fans) that a change would be welcomed then I will update you all.
On Tuesday night we are at home again to Skelmersdale United. We will also welcome guests from Randles Stafford, who will be collecting for Children in Need. Their aim is to raise over £2,000 from a number of activities they will be doing over the next month or so, so please dig deep to help them along the way.
As always if you feel you can offer more to the club than is currently being offered, to help us through these difficult times, then please speak to myself or any member of the board. Thank you to all of the fans and sponsors that continue to support the Boro' through these difficult times. The more we stick together and unite, the more chance we have got of getting out of this poor situation we find ourselves in.
Thanks for reading. Up the Boro!