Swindon Town FC joins the Big Dogs

By Ben Carey on 21 April, 2023

Swindon Town FC and the Supporters’ Trust have announced their involvement with the Big Dog Art Trail, taking place this summer.

The trail, which is also supported by The Business Exchange, will take place in Swindon from Saturday 15th July to Sunday 3rd September 2023, in aid of Julia’s House children’s hospice.

The trail features 30 large balloon dog sculptures, one of which will take pride of place at The County Ground with a special design painted by Swindon artist Steve Curtis, dedicated to the Town legend and League Cup winner Don Rogers.

The Trust are sponsoring the Swindon-designed sculpture, with Swindon Town supporting the trail with rewards that will feature in the trail app, such as free tickets to matches and the chance to win a signed Swindon Town shirt.

Steve Mytton, Chairman of TrustSTFC, said, “When we heard about The Big Dog Art Trail and in particular, Dog Rogers, we thought it would be a great thing for us to support.

“As a Supporters’ Trust, we are very community-driven, and anything that helps the charity and brings families to the County Ground is a good thing in our books.

“We are currently having a Don Rogers statue designed, and it will be finished later this year, so having Dog Rogers in place in the meantime is a nice way to lead up to that.

“We’re excited to be a part of this and hope to see many Swindon Town fans out on the trail collecting rewards and supporting a great cause.”

Swindon Town CEO, Rob Angus, added, “We are really pleased to be supporting The Big Dog Art Trail and really excited that one of the Swindogs will be taking pride of place here at our iconic stadium. 

“This is a great initiative that will encourage families to get out and about around Swindon and raise valuable funds for a fantastic charity in the shape of Julia’s House, who do incredible work across our local community.”

Chris Hyde, The Big Dog Art Trail Project Manager, said, “Swindon Town and the Trust play such a vital role in the heart of the Swindon community and to have them sponsor a dog is one of the signings of the season.

“We’re excited to share the Dog Rogers design and hope to see as many Town fans out on the trail collecting the rewards as possible.”

At the end of the trail, Dog Rogers will join all the others at a grand farewell weekend. The giant, one-of-a-kind creations will then be sold off at a special auction event to raise money for Julia’s House children’s hospice.

To find out how to become a sponsor, visit www.bigdogarttrail.co.uk/sponsors