FGR Community oversee the club’s fantastic FGR Ambassador programme, and, this season, we have 90 ambassadors from primary, secondary and college aged children promoting the values and ethos of the club and Community Trust.
The ambassador scheme was set up ten years ago by Phil Butterworth, an ex Headteacher and now Vice Chairman of FGR, with eight schools to raise awareness of the existence, and the quality of the football at FGR.
To begin with, all of the children were local, primary aged boys. Today, we celebrate diversity and are fully inclusive with 32 girls and several ambassadors with disabilities. Our geographical reach extends to Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Wiltshire and even Yorkshire this season, and our ambassadors range in age from six to nineteen.
They keep everyone informed of our on-field activities, ambassadors update display boards, put up posters and distribute newsletters in their schools and communities. The ambassadors help on match days, volunteering and bringing friends to the club to engage in environmental and educational activities throughout the year.
The expectation is the Ambassadors will attend as many matches as possible, and this hasn’t prevented our ambassador Lucy, from Yorkshire, attending both home and away matches throughout the season.
Our PA announcer Joel is and ex Ambassador and winner of the annual award, and Evie is our club mascot, the Green Devil, and regular matchday helper.
Next season we have set a target of 100 ambassadors and we are already well on the way to signing up a few new schools. If you are interested in the scheme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.