Football, how we’ve missed you.

As the start of the new League One season appears over the horizon, we can at last bid one final farewell to wretched memories of Euro 2016 and look ahead to the return of real football.

It’s been a quiet summer so far at the County Ground, with the arrival of John Goddard and Conor Thomas a lukewarm filip for supporters, but regardless of who’s on show there’s always a sense of anticipation when the league campaign returns.

While the Robins have been recovering full fitness, Trust STFC has been cranking into action.

We’ve been busy behind the scenes setting up a scheme in association with the club, Football in the Community, and the North Wilts Youth League, which we hope will inspire the next generation of Swindon fans.

Pro Red enables parents of Wiltshire-based schoolchildren and youth footballers to buy reduced-price tickets for Town’s home matches in 2016-17, encouraging more families to attend the County Ground en masse. Additionally, the club or school the parents are associated with will receive cashback based on the tickets sold through the process.

There are 5,000 young footballers in the North Wilts League and many more at school in the region who have yet to get the Town bug. We believe that, with a gentle introduction, they can become the voice of the club for many years to come.

To find out more details or to register your family, click here.

Another initiative which has established itself over the summer, which the Trust support, is the Great Western Reds. This volunteer group of fans has the expressed aim to add a little extra colour and volume to Town games the country over.

Click here for a glimpse into their world.

As well as a number of long-term projects which the Trust board continues to beaver away at behind the scenes, we’ve also been canvassing opinion about the newly-launched EFL Trophy.

You can find out more about the introduction of elite academies into the competition, and have your say on the matter, right here on the website.

Meanwhile, the Trust are about to start promoting our ‘Trust Heroes’ scheme to acknowledge the contribution of remarkable supporters to our small club. Whether this is a completion of ‘the 92’, a dedication to raising money for Football in the Community or anything else, we welcome your nominations via our website.

And so, onto the football.

This year, the Trust has once again sponsored Swindon’s very own Northern Irish Messi, Jordan Stewart, and we’re hoping to see the tricky forward show supporters just what he’s all about.

A hat-trick against Coventry would do just nicely, Jordan.

And finally a quick thank you to the Swindon Advertiser, who have played a huge role in supporting the Trust’s work over the past 18 months. In a difficult and sometimes hostile environment, they’ve ploughed on manfully. Thanks to Owen, Matt and the team.