This season, writing of the Trust’s programme page is being shared between Trust Board members Ceri Stone and Terry Sinnett.
This week Ceri reflects on the values of the Swansea City family
The festive period is traditionally a time for embracing your community and the Supporters Trust want to celebrate the fantastic work carried out by our Disabled Supporters Association. We invited Trust Member and DSA secretary Cath Dyer for a quick Q&A, before aiming to take three points off Barnsley at home today.
What is the DSA and what does it do? The aim of the DSA is to ensure that disabled supporters have their best match day experience. We are an independent association and our committee is made up of 10 inspirational volunteers.
How is this achieved? We hold regular social events, helped by the club, which our members thoroughly enjoy and this ensures they are an important and included part of the Swans family.
How many members are there? We are an inclusive organisation and have 125 members, aged between 1 year old and 87 years.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role? We are one big happy family and it is very rewarding when we are able to help and support members; keep them engaged, and bring them together. We care deeply for everyone and strong friendships have been formed within the association. Positive feedback from members means they feel valued and a part of the Swansea City family.
How does the club help? Club legend Lee Trundle is the DSA ambassador and he is a great support to us. We have a good working relationship with the Disability Access Officer and Disability Liaison Officer at the club and we hold regular monthly meetings with them. We are privileged that all DSA social events are attended by the manager, players and club staff.
What is the relationship between the DSA and the Supporters Trust? The DSA was formed in 2013 by Trust member and club Disability Officer Ian James. I assisted him as a Trust board member and the Trust are fully involved and very supportive.
How can Jacks get involved? To join the DSA or assist in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your favourite Swans memory? I always relate back to my first match at the Vetch Field against Leeds in 1981 where we won 5-1.
We play Barnsley today, who once beat us on penalties in a League One Play Off Final. What is your prediction? Everyone knows that I am the eternal optimist. I have to go for a Swans win, 2-1.
What are your hopes for 2021? I can’t wait for the day that we will all be back at the Liberty, with our Swans’ family, cheering on our boys.
Remember there are still a few days left to become a member of the Trust for half price. JOIN NOW and have a say in how your club is run.
Now about those three points…
Happy Christmas / Nadolig Llawen
Ceri and Cath.