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Sponsorship the name of the game for Stratford opticians

A LOCAL opticians has signed on as the official sponsorship partner of Stratford Town Football Club’s newest team, the Mini Grasshoppers.

Specsavers Stratford-upon-Avon, who already sponsor the club’s junior Grasshoppers section, will be continuing their partnership with the football club by supporting the newly formed Mini Grasshoppers. The sponsorship will enable the club to buy new equipment and merchandise including mini footballs, cones, hurdles, hoops and goals for the pint-sized team which caters for children aged between two and four years old. 

 The Mini Grasshoppers sponsorship is part of an ongoing relationship the store has with Stratford Town Football Club, which is now in its fourth year. As well as helping to support the juniors, the store’s support also helps the first team and the upkeep of the pitch.  

Melanie Tweddle, Stratford Town Football Club Chairman, says: ‘We are so pleased and thankful to Specsavers for their continued support. The sponsorship benefits children of all abilities and ensures those in the local community who want to play football and be active can enjoy the club and all it offers! We run fun based sessions where the kids learn the basic fundamentals of the game while developing movement, co-ordination, balls skills, social skills and core strength.’

Store director, Paul Griffiths, says: ‘We are thrilled to be continuing our sponsorship of Stratford Town Football Club. We are always excited to be contributing to the health and development of our young people in the community and think that this is a great way to do so. We hope to carry on this partnership for many years to come!’ 

The Mini-Grasshoppers sessions take place on a Saturday morning and are for children aged between 2-4 years old, while the Grasshoppers Saturday morning session is for 5-14 year olds. 


Richard Gregory Presented with an award for 100 games at Stratford Town

On Saturday Richard Gregory was presented with an award for 100 games played at Stratford Town, this was presented to him just before the game by Lez Weatherhead.  

Richard was pleased to except the award and thanked the club for all the support he has had while playing at Stratford.

EDWIN AHENKORAH signs a contract with Stratford Town

Congratulations to Edwin who recenlty signed a contract wtih Stratford Town.  Having now played at the club for a number of seasons we have decided to offer him a contract which he was happy to sign.  He is a valuable member of the team and the club felt it was the right thing to do.  Edwin is photograhed here with Melanie, Chairman of the club.

James Fry signs for Stratford Town

Stratford Town welcomes James Fry to the club, he recently signed with after leaving Leamington at the end of last season.  After a short spell in Cyprus & Croatia in the summer James retuned to the UK and spent pre season at Nuneaton.  After visiting the club this week and seeing what  facilites the club has to offer James decided to sign for Stratford Town.  Welcome to the club James, we look forward to watching you over the coming weeks.



Jamie Sheldon reflects on reaching 100 games for Town at Kettering this Saturday

"What I love about playing for Town is that the Gaffer creates a great changing room atmosphere and brings in good quality players and the ground is one of the best in the league and I'm especially loving the pitch with it's improved playing surface.

We've got good people throughout the club from the volunteers, right through to the catering staff, I've loved every minute being at Stratford and I look forward to marking my 100th appearance for Town with a win at Kettering on Saturday"

3G Maintenance Work

In the next few weeks much needed work on the 3G will commence.

Whilst this work is being carried out the 3G will be closed and dates will be provided as soon as this has been agreed with the contractors.

On completion of the work the facility should then gain the FA acreditation to allow competive games to take place.

Thereafter, to help maintain it the correct footwear must be worn at all times by coaches, staff and players entering the surface.

The club will be investing over £10,000 into this project with the Colts section paying for the FA certificate.

Over the coming months we will be looking at holding a number of fundraising events to help cover the cost so your support is greatly appreciated.

It is then up to us all to monitor this, to follow it through and to look after our fantastic facility at STFC.



The Stand was officailly open on the day by Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford upon Avon.

Ollie and Si from touch Radio went head to head with Carl and Gary at the Charity Game at the DCS Stadium on Sunday and a great day was had by all.  A big thank you to all the players who joined in the fun and to everyone who game down to help and everyone who came out to watch.  The Stand was officailly open on the day by Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford upon Avon.

It's All Kicking Off

Andy Kemp Wins Supporters Player of the Year

Goalkeeping Colossus and Town legend Andy Kemp made it a hatrick of player of the season awards following another outstanding season between the posts for Town.

He is pictured being presented with the trophy by David Titchmarsh Managing Director of Arden Garages.

Business Development Manager


Business Development Manager – Part time role 20 hours per week.  Responsible for all fund raising, PR activity and the general awareness of the club in the wider community.  


The ideal candidate will be educated to a degree or diploma standard, have sales & marketing experience with knowledge of the football/leisure/sevice sector.


Salary negotiable dependant on qualifications and experience.


Interested in the above role please email your CV with covering letter to:

Melanie Tweddle

Stratford Town Football Club Appoint New Community Officer

Stratford Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Paul Eden has been appointed as their new community officer. This role is designed to strengthen the club’s links with the local community through the involvement of children’s and youth football teams on the clubs popular 3G pitch.

Additionally, the role seeks to further publicise the clubs extensive off field facilities which includes function room hire for up to 100 people which is ideal for parties, meetings and corporate events. 

Paul has been with Town for over 5 years and is heavily involved across many aspects of the club being the First Team Coach, running grasshopper’s children’s football and running the 5 a side league. He possesses a wealth of experience in football having previously worked for Aston Villa’s community programme. 

Paul commented “ I am really looking forward to the role and being part of the growth of the football club through strong connections with the local community

Carl picks up a Pride of Stratford Award

Carl picking up his award

Carl Adams has been the manager at Stratford Town Football Club for over 3 years and in that time he has taken the team to 2 leagure promotions.  This has been achieved through great leadership and pure determination, but what is even greater is that Carl does this on a part time voluntary basis in addition to holding down a full time job.  Carl has achieved so much in so little time, it's not easy to get promotion. Before he arrived at the club, Stratford Town hadnt seem promotion for 20 years.  Under Carl's management, the club was promoted within one year and then again 2 seasons later.

Carl is committed to Stratford Town Football Club, with his achievement comes many offers of work in many other clubs and leagues however Carl feels that Stratford upon Avon is the town for him.  He feels that he has given a lot to the town in terms of football , managing a team and focusing on developing his team to achieve great success

Another Stratford Town Win as Denys also picks up an award

Denys director at STFC also gets an award

Denys Shortt OBE is a serial entrepreneur and a former England Hockey player

Denys is focued on creating growth and jobs and runs several highly successful businesses.  He believes in Made in Britain and more so Made in Stratford upon Avon. He was the founding Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership and has recently created Supporting Stratford, a group of 17 local businesses who have each committed £5,000 per year to the community incash or services.  He employs 320 people locally at the The DCS Group and a further 40 at Enable Software.