ASDES Social Group’s Trip to the Liberty Stadium
It was a cold and blustery afternoon on Tuesday 3rd March when we set off for the Liberty Stadium, but spirits were high. We were about to receive a cheque from Swans Aid to expand our social activities and were also promised a tour of the Liberty Stadium. At the main reception area, we were welcomed by James Snaith, who would be talking to us and taking photographs, and he introduced us to none other than Lee Trundle, who had been a highly popular star striker for Swansea City. Lee was very friendly and told us to ask anything we would like to know, and explained that we would have a tour of the home and away dressing rooms and also go down the tunnel onto the pitch. Our first port of call was the away dressing room, where we saw lots of pictures of the local rugby union side, the Neath and Swansea Ospreys.
We then walked down the tunnel and out onto the pitch. It all seemed like a very different experience from watching Swansea City on Match of the Day on a Saturday! Lots of the group members chatted to James and Lee about sponsorship and Swans Aid, and I took photographs of members of the group with Lee on the pitch. Lee also told us that they were practising for a celebrity football match, to raise funds for Swans Aid, and everyone was interested in who would be playing; Shane Williams, former Ospreys and Wales winger, had already signed up! It was soon time to pose for the presentation of the cheque. Following this, we returned back through the tunnel to the home dressing room, where we had more photographs taken, and Lee told us that Swansea City players and the Ospreys all liked to sit in their own spot on the bench. Lee told us all about the match-day experience and we were shown the medical and treatment room, where players receive physio and specialist treatment if they are injured. Everyone wanted to get an autograph from Lee and I was interviewed by James, who wanted to understand about our organisation, for example, what we did and how we planned to use our funds. This will appear in the club magazine and on Twitter, and I have promised to update them with photographs and an article when we carry out our first activity.
Everyone had a good time and deemed it a memorable occasion; this was enhanced by the very friendly welcome and the opportunity to speak with James and Lee. We left feeling very excited about our good fortune, eager to meet up shortly and plan our first event. Some of the group wanted to visit the club shop to take home a special souvenir.
Maureen Maunder March 2015