1. Apologies for absence
2. Matters arising from last meeting
The FA’s plans for a ‘League Three’ have been put on the backburner following huge opposition from clubs and Supporters Trusts from around the country.
3. Treasurers report
The Trusts balance currently stands at £24,427. A payment of £106 has been made for the continued hosting of the website until May 2016. The Trust has received £16.62 from the Easyfundraising online shopping and search facility to date and the annual return to the Financial Conduct Authority has been signed and submitted. Coaches ran at a net loss of £364 for 13/14 largely due to the £393 subsidy of the coaches to Tamworth on Non-League Day. Subsidies totalling £651 were received from Charlie Clapham to cover losses on trips to Gateshead and Welling.
Bill has sent e-mails out to lapsed members. Leaflets will be distributed at some of the home friendlies promoting the Trust.
5. Membership of Trust Board
The Trust would like to thank Rob and Julia Urwin for all their hard work after they decided to step down from the board. James Treadwell and Noel Warham have been invited to replace them and will be co-opted onto the board at the Trust’s AGM. Once this has happened each board member will be assigned a specific role within the Trust.
6. Targets for 2014/15
A number of possible incentives for members were discussed including discounts in the club shop, an extension of the club’s early bird season ticket deadline and discounts with local businesses. The latter could also be a way to increase the Trust’s profile around the town.
7. Cooperation with the club
The Trust is again disappointed about the lack of communication from the club especially with regards to the floodlights project. No estimates have been received and no plans have been seen and a meeting with the club is still being sought to clarify these matters. There has also still been no feedback regarding the primary school coaching.
8. Coach Travel
Quotes have been obtained from Cambraco Travel which includes the cost of hiring a minibus to matches. Other local companies will be canvassed and it was pointed out that the same company doesn’t have to be used all season. From next season junior prices will be 50% of the full adult price rather than a third. The weekend away will hopefully take place in either March or April depending on fixtures.
9. Fundraising and other events
The World Cup sweepstake is underway and the Trust would like to thank Alan Jones once again for his superb artwork. Tilly the TIY Teddy now has a Twitter account and is currently in the USA as she begins her globetrotting. The easyfundraising scheme will be promoted at the friendlies in the hope that more supporters will sign up. The Trust would like a player to liaise with next season with regards to promoting events to the players such as the Race Night etc.
10. Arrangements for AGM
The AGM will probably take place towards the end of August with 2 weeks notice needing to be provided. Alan Scarisbrick and Katrina Taylor are the board members up for re-election.
11. Any other business
The Trust will sponsor a player again next season. The Player of The Month award will continue in the same format with younger supporters making the presentations.
12. Dates of next meetings
Monday 21st July - Board