At the recent United Counties League Annual General Meeting, it was announced that the AFC Rushden & Diamonds matchday programme, edited by Stephanie Webb, had been chosen by the UCL committee as the best Programme of the Year. It was stated that the programme picked up the award ahead of strong entry list of fourteen clubs, all of which produced issues of a high quality.
Commenting on the award, Stephanie said “I was delighted to be presented with the award for Best Match Programme of the Year – it’s fantastic that the effort that’s put in by the team of myself, contributors, designers, printers and programme sellers has been recognised.
“As Programme Editor, my main role is to arrange for articles to be written and submitted on time for each issue as well as liaising with the designer and printer. This involves chasing other volunteers for images, adverts and content. Turnaround is often tight, which means I’m often checking my phone for emails throughout the day and night and proof-reading articles at very short notice before submitting to the designer. This was especially true for the cup replays earlier in the season when I had to push everyone to write articles and get them to me by the following lunchtime! Not an easy task when people had to travel home, spend evenings with families as well as put things in place for the actual games! Completing the final proof-reading each time can also be a problem – I often have to conduct that via my mobile phone on my train on the way to or home from work, so I do sometimes miss errors.
“It’s always great getting feedback from the readers of the programme, and I thank everyone who completed the online survey last year to help me decide the most appropriate content for readers during 2013/14. I’m always open to new ideas and contributions from fellow fans – so please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Don’t forget that programme season tickets are available from the online club shop and back issues (when they don’t sell out!) are available from the club shop at The Dog & Duck.