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Voting for the Trust in Yellow Player of the Month for September is now open.
Every month throughout the season, fans are asked to nominate their star performer from the Southport team and one supporter will be selected to make the presentation to the winning player.
Although so far it has been a disappointing month in terms of performances, September did begin with the Sandgrounders becoming the first team this season to beat Kidderminster Harriers.
There was also an encouraging display at Eastleigh, with Joe Connor scoring in both matches, while Dom Collins, Clayton McDonald and Richard Brodie played their part.
So who gets your vote in September?
Voting is open until 8pm on Thursday 2 October and the presentation will be made ahead of the match against Woking on 4 October.
You can submit your vote in any of the following ways:
- E-mail email@example.com
- Text POTM followed by the player’s name and your name to 07861416859
- Complete a voting slip at the Trust office (next to the club shop)
The online voting form will be available shortly.
Since the award was introduced, the club's junior supporters have taken real delight in making the presentation to the winning player.
In a slight change to previous seasons, you can now nominate yourself, your child or any other friend or family member to present the award by contacting the Trust in the same ways you can vote above.
1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising.
All dealt with elsewhere on the agenda.
2. Treasurer’s report
Phil C reported that the Trust’s current balance is £24,827.27 including net funds available at £24,684.27.
Since the last meeting, the balance of £840 has been paid to the club in relation to the primary schools coaching scheme for 2013/14 following receipt of supporting documents. This takes the Trust’s total outlay for the sponsorship of this scheme to £2,340.
The trophies for all of this season’s awards have been bought for £53.75. The first quarterly payment has been received from Easyfundraisng in the sum of £60.08, while coach travel for the four away trips to date has generated a surplus of £42. Membership renewals and donations since the start of July total £1,120.
The Trust’s current membership stands at 237 and Bill S advises a number of renewals are due in September and October.
4. Liaising with local companies
Colin has done a great amount of work in looking to establish links local companies, the latest of which is Elite Positive Fitness, a gym on Virginia Street.
Mark Walls from the gym has offered Trust members a range of excellent discounts and is very keen to work with the Trust to engage with the local community.
Colin, Noel and James will meet with Mark to confirm the Trust’s interest and arrange a promotional photo. The partnership with the gym and offers for members will then be publicised.
Contact with local barbers and restaurants have also been made. Dan Hayes will be asked to add a corporate partners’ page to the Trust website.
5. Coach travel
The small profit from the trip to Telford United was used to subsidise the coaches to Chester and Macclesfield Town, which both ran at a loss.
A special thanks to Phil for making arrangements at late notice with Cambraco to run a smaller coach to Macclesfield as there were insufficient bookings to run the usual coach.
This was the first time the Trust has used a Cambraco coach and the service was well-received. The general feeling was that the smaller coach would probably not be suitable for longer distance trips.
It is highly unlikely that a coach will run to either Grimsby or Braintree due to the lack of bookings.
Initial enquiries will be made in relation to the suggested weekend visit to Bristol.
6. Roles within the Trust Board
There was discussion about developing further roles for board members. The following roles were discussed and will be added to:
Matchday Trust office: Phil / Alan S
Coaches: Phil / Alan S
Links with local businesses: Colin
Publicity / press: Alan J
Arrangements for meetings: Martin
Child welfare: Noel
Social media: Colin, Alan J
Liaison with club: James
Player of the Month: Colin, Alan J, Noel
Next match signs: Phil / Colin
7. Co-operation with the club
Contact will be made with the club in relation to progress with the floodlights project.
Haydn Preece attended the Trust’s AGM and it is likely that he will again be looking for sponsorship of the primary schools coaching scheme.
8. Twitter account
With more than 900 followers, the twitter account has become an important method of interacting with supporters and making initial contact with a number of businesses.
The account receives a range of views and feedback from supporters and is also used to promote Trust activities and coach travel.
Efforts will be made to bring the Trust’s Facebook up to date.
The Player of the Month award will continue to run this season and the Trust has received good feedback following the presentation of the August award.
The Trust will look to put together a package including a season’s membership for the supporter who presents the award every month.
Arrangements for the Fan of the Season will be made later in the year.
The Race Night is likely to be held after either the match against Braintree Town on 6 December or Chester on 17 January.
Arrangements will be made once Maz at the Grandstand Bar is available and contact will then be made with Tony Adams and Rob Urwin.
11. Results of questionnaire on attendances
The Trust received 21 replies to the questionnaire distributed at the opening match against Forest Green. The results will be published in the next members’ newsletter and passed onto Haydn at the club.
12. Any other business
13. Date of next meeting
21 October (members).
14. Action points
Meet with Elite Positive Fitness: Colin, Noel, James
Promote link with Elite Positive Fitness: Colin, Alan J
Look into the running of and updating the Facebook page: Alan S, Colin, Noel
Make enquiries regarding Race Night with Maz (when available), Tony and Rob: Alan S
Arrange voting for Player of the Month, collect votes and oversee presentation: Colin, Alan J, Noel
Make initial enquiries regarding weekend trip to Bristol: Phil
Contact club regarding progress with floodlights: James, Noel
Next newsletter: Martin
Programme article v Lincoln: Martin
Trust office / Bookings for coach trips: Phil, Alan S
Publicise coach trips / next meeting: Phil, Alan J, Colin
Publish results of questionnaire: Martin
Contact members due for renewal: Bill
Contact Dan Hayes to add a business partners page to website: Alan J
If you wish to travel to Macclesfield this Saturday please book your place as soon as possible by contacting Phil on 07871991474. The fare is £11 for members and £16 for non members and will depart the Merseyrail Community Stadium at 12.30pm.
A decision on whether the coach will run will be made in the next 24 hours.