Behind the scenes in non-league

An image of the turnstiles at Winchester City.

WINCHESTER City prepared for their upcoming fixture against Walton and Hersham with a training session and media day.

A club with a small budget and limited infrastructure, volunteers are the backbone of the club, helping to create a positive matchday experience.

The lack of a fixture itself proved challenging for the club, with many last minute decisions proving difficult for a club like Winchester to cope with at times.

With no competitive fixture this weekend, we speak to some of the staff beyond the pitch at the club, to discover the challenges they face working for a non-league side.

Ali Henderson works in the bar at the club, pouring pints for both home and away fans on matchdays, and speaks about her experiences at the club and the joys of working for a local team.

Her favourite moment at the club so far comes from an unexpected promotion in the 2022 season, where the bar ran out of beer due to the popularity of that game.

We also caught up with the head of media, Saj Rahman to find out the differences between working at the highest level against working at non-league.

Saj has a team of around 10 people to help create media output for the club, in an attempt to improve Winchester’s following in the game.

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