Sunday, 20 September 2009

News from the Community Team

A short update from the Martyrs to the Cause Community Team;

The link with the Tidy Towns project at Merthyr Council was a success, the area at the Pontmorlais end of the ground was cleared by the volunteers as part of our link with the Town & Park Ward Communities First partnership. The area has been improved for both supporters and local residents.

The Club is continuing to investigate the idea of setting up a mobile exhibition to portray the history of football within our borough, in effect a museum detailing the early years of the sport from the local league to the Football League membership of the 1920s and onwards through the 1950s glory team and finally modern times. The Trust has collected items for display including Sonny Gibbons's Welsh League medal from 1927 and a Merthyr League handbook from 1936. The community team will be discussing possible funding options with Communities First before proceeding further.

The collection of items for the Welsh Guards serving in Afghanistan continues, we have already delivered one box of goods to the organisers and urge all supporters to drop any items into the Club Shop on matchday.

The annual Let's Kick Racism Day will be on October 24th for the visit of Didcot Town, both teams will be invited to take part in the day's events which include a link with the Portuguese community in the borough. The evening will finish with Welsh language bands in the Candac Suite.

The club will be hosting an arts project with the local community in November, youngsters in the area will be encouraged to take part in a painting project depicting iconic pictures from Merthyr football history, the pictures will be displayed throughout the town and of course at Penydarren Park. Funding issues are currently being pursued with our local business community partners.

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