With the continued success
of the team on the field, it’s easy to forget the work that goes on
off-the-field to involve the community and help grow the Solihull Moors
Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat
to Barrow meant that we weren’t able to celebrate a win for The Moors but we
were all treated to the ‘Big Celebration’- an event driven by our community
The afternoon gave us all
the chance to celebrate the continued growth of the club’s fanbase as well as
introduce new supporters to the club.
It was an action-packed day
at The Automated Technology Group Stadium with activities for kids of all ages
including 5-a-side tournaments, face painting and a bouncy castle, to name a
few, on an afternoon that was made even better by the glorious weather!
The Moors’ Director of Sport,
Mark Fogarty, played a crucial role in making this event a success and he was
delighted by the response he and his team received.
He said: “The celebration
day was a huge success in terms of numbers. We got about an extra 1,000 people
on the gate and there were over 400 on the training area taking part in the
“We hope to have achieved
our task of bringing more fans into the ground that haven’t been here before
and we hope that they will come back again and again.”
There was also an extremely
special moment for some of our disability players at half-time. They were given
a rare opportunity to play a small-sided game on the pitch in front of the
1,820 people in attendance.
“The biggest feel good
factor of all for Solihull Moors was to see the look on the faces of some of
the disability players on the pitch at half time. One player in particular,
Tom, was running the length of the pitch clapping the supporters!
“Those players have not had
the chance to play in a team like they’re doing now for us and also to play in
front of nearly 2,000 people on the pitch at half-time. That is the thing that
I am most proud of and it’s a fantastic thing that everyone here has made
possible,” Fogarty said.
The event took around two
months of planning and there has been a huge amount put into the marketing side
of things to ensure the day was a success.
A massive thank you must go
to all of the staff and volunteers who made the Big Celebration possible.
Special mentions go to Barry Walker who went into schools alongside Mark and
delivered talks in assemblies as well as providing free sessions for the
Jono Hall from the
supporters club did an excellent job with all the work he and his team did.
They managed to bring three coach loads of people in from Chelmsley Wood free
On the day, Anthony Hasker
and Andy Skipp played vital roles throughout and the event wouldn’t have been a
success without these people and the other volunteers.
Thank you, finally, to all
of the supporters who came along for the day and got involved with all of the
activities and played their part in what was a great afternoon at a packed
Damson Park. We hope you continue to back The Moors and hopefully we will see
even more fresh faces getting involved and supporting the club in the near
Photos Courtesy of Steve Feeney