Chairman’s Update on Associate Director role.
12 months ago, the trust entered into a partnership with the club. As one part of this, I attend Senior Management meetings at the club as an Associate Director, with the aim to boost the voice of the Trust's members and supporters in club decision making.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on how this is working, what we've achieved, and my focus for the coming year. I also want to remind you, the trust members, to get in touch with me, if you've got issues that you'd like to be addressed.
Separately, we have a range of Trust projects, that we're either delivering with the club, or standalone. For instance, following the success of the event for the Chester game, we recently took over the Fan Park, and you'll see more similar initiatives in the coming months.
But we need to remember the Trust's overall ambitions are to increase the voice of supporters, boosting supporter ownership in the club, and maintain the club's long term, sustainable future. In the coming months as Mark and Nicola move onto the second phase of their project, the Trust will be working hard to make our voice heard, support key projects and ensure that the club has a long and prosperous future.
The first year has been a learning process for me, the trust, and I'm sure the club. I believe that Mark and Nicola value our input, and see this as a strong working partnership. It's critical that we build on this over the coming twelve months.
Below I've listed some of the projects that I've supported over the past twelve months.
Please remember to let me know if there's anything that you'd like me to raise in the club.
Senior Management Team Meetings
I regularly attend weekly meetings with Mark, Nicola and the team inputting into a variety of areas.
SWA 2 (The funding next season for kids’ season tickets).
Assistance with the management of the project and input into planning for 16/17 season.
1. Leyland DAF 25 years - liaison with the club over marquee, catering, etc
2. Beer Festival June 2016 - liaison with the club, discussing, revenue, structure of event, etc
Joint workings with the Club re Trust taking over the running from 5th March 2016.
Providing merchandise for new shop.
Attending all home games and where possible away games representing the club.
On Friday 26th February, we held what was the “Flagship” event for the Trust and the Club, in the refurbished and extended marquee. The event was to celebrate 25 years since winning the Leyland DAF trophy in May 1990. I’m sure all those that attended the event will agree it was a fantastic success. It was great to see the likes of Eric Nixon, Shaun Garnett, Dave Higgins, Steve Vickers, Ian Muir and Jim Steel. Special thanks to Gary Brabin, who also attended the event. The event was a complete sell out with over 180 in attendance, special thanks to all those that came.
Monies raised on the night will go towards new club gates which are going to be sited behind the John King Statue, along with new fencing to replace the current fencing which it is felt gives the wrong impression when approaching the stadium.
We are currently in discussions with the club and CAMRA about holding a beer festival in June, which we hope will be held in what is now the Futsal Hub.
We are also in discussions to use the Fan Park to show all the games from the Euros.
The majority of Trust members that applied to have shares in Tranmere Rovers Football Club Ltd should now have received their certificates. There are still a few that were unfortunately missed the first time round. These have now been printed, signed by the club’s financial director and are just awaiting Mark Palios to sign. As soon as we receive the certificates we will get them posted out or have available for collection at the AGM.
We have now taken over from the club, what was the old Fan Zone. It is our aim to greatly improve the pre match experience in the marquee. We will be showing all the early kick offs, as well as visits from club legends and a varied bar selection. Food will be supplied by Neo Cafe.
Why not come down before the game, all profits go back into the club and not into a national brewery’s pockets.
The new Trust web site is now live, although there are a few minor tweeks still required.
The latest winner of the 500 Club draw for February was Chris Torrero. Chris wins £505-00.
A reminder that the Trust AGM will be held Saturday 19th March, with a 12.00pm start. The venue will be inside the new Fan Park. We will have a live feed online, the link is http://ustream.tv/channel/
The agenda for the meeting will be as follows.
- Chairman’s Report.
- Financial Summary - Resolve to allow audit exemption / Annual Report and accounts.
- Trust Board re-elections.
- Discussions on Trust funding of TRFC for 2016/2017.
- Any other business.