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Sarries fan Louise Warr explains why the Saracens Supporters Association is an invaluable part of the club
Well that's it, the end of an era.
This imminent move from the place they have called home for so many years has led to Sarries leading a somewhat extravagant and nomadic existence over the first part of the season.
During this adventurous start to the campaign, there has been a group of individuals working behind the scenes to ensure that fans have been still been able to support the Men in Black, regardless of where they may be taking to the field and have a good time whilst doing so.
Now, I am sure many of you are aware of the fabulous work carried out by those involved in the Saracens Supporters Association, but for those who aren’t, they are a voluntary organisation made up of fans, run for the benefit for those who share their love of Sarries.
One of the main tasks they carry out is providing travel or information about travel to games that are played away from home. Not an easy task at the best of times, especially when you support a team partial to racking up the air miles.
Yet, despite the diversity in grounds graced by the the Men in Black so far this season, it is a task they seem to carry out quietly and often without praise or recognition.
This hard-work and dedication enables fans, whether they are members of associations or not to travel together on the adventure that is supporting Sarries.
Although, the club may be settling down into their new home in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t be Saracens' style to become “normal” and with this in mind, their travels are bound to continue, albeit on a somewhat less frequent scale are bound to continue.
However, it is not just the practicalities of supporting a team that the Supporters Association put time and effort in to making that little bit more “special” - they run events through the year as well.
These include a variety of different events, the most recent being a quiz night as well as the end of season awards.
The next evening being held by the SSA is one that is a little more unique than your usual social gathering. It consists of giving fans the chance to hear from and question two of those in charge of running the RFU, Chief Executive Ian Ritchie and Chairman Bill Beaumont, with proceeds going to the charities of their choice.
For many this will be another great occasion to mix with fellow supporters, no doubt reminiscing over good times spent at Vicarage Road and as the event will be held on February 26, eagerly sharing their thoughts on the stadium that Saracens can finally call their own.
For more information on the Supporters Association itself or to just show them your support, their website is more than worth a look.
One thing it doesn’t tell you however is how the people involved are very much the unsung heroes of the club, who go above and beyond to ensure cheering on the team is not only much easier, but by enable us as fans to make friends and memories in the process.
The SSA sums up all that is good about supporting Saracens and is an organisation I hope lasts long into the future.