Board members present: Martin, Bill, Alan, Colin
Apologies received: Noel, Howard
1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising.
The plaque in memory of Phil Carder has now been received and will be put up in the Trust office by Dave Barnes.
2. Treasurer’s report
The Trust now has around £12,254.96 in its current account. The coach to Boreham Wood is still to be paid for, meaning net funds available stand at around £11,439.98.
The Trust has a surplus of £13, which will be used to make a food donation to the collection for the Southport Soup Kitchen.
The Trust now has around 32,000 shares in the football club after receiving shares in return for its contribution to the floodlights project.
There was a brief discussion about the function of supporters’ trusts across the country and it was felt that the current shareholding and position of the Trust mean the Trust is in a good position to exert more influence in the long-term.
Memberships currently stand at 210.
4. Report of meeting with club board
Representatives from the Trust board met with the club board on March 5, mainly to discuss the proposed improvements to disabled facilities. There has also been a meeting with Haydn Preece to look further into the logistics of possible new disabled viewing facilities.
The club will be looking to improve disabled toilets during the summer. The Trust would like this to be part of a wider project to improve disabled facilities.
After the meeting with Haydn, it was agreed that the Trust will obtain quotes for new viewing facilities and will invite companies to visit the ground to assess the work involved in the improvements. Due to possible future developments at the ground, the new facilities will probably have to be moveable.
5. Programme of events and fundraising activities
Thanks to Noel for overseeing this season’s programme of events and everyone who has helped with the events held, particularly the two reunions which were great successes.
The Trust supported the NHS Organ Donor Register’s Sign For Life campaign during March to raise awareness of organ donation.
The food collection for the Southport Soup Kitchen will take place at the match against Lincoln City on April 16. Thanks to Howard and Mike Collinson for their work with this project, which has generated a lot of interest.
The Trust will again host the end of season presentation, which will be held after the final match of the season against Kidderminster Harriers on April 30. Colin Alty will be asked to present the awards and the Phil Carder Goal of the Season will be presented by Phil’s partner, Doreen, and sister, Janet.
The cricket match against Churchtown CC in memory of Phil takes place on June 26 at the Rookery and the Trust is still looking to arrange a visit to the Parker Brewery.
6. Coach travel
No coach will run to the match at Aldershot Town on April 23 due to a lack of bookings.
Coaches have run to around half of the matches this season. After a review of coach travel last summer, the general feeling among fans is that this season’s prices have been very competitive and overall members are positive about the Trust’s work with coach travel. Thanks to Elite Coaches and Alfa Travel for their assistance this season.
The board would like to reiterate that it is against the law to drink alcohol on the coaches.
7. Next match signs
The board is looking at ways to improve the visibility and cost-effectiveness of the next match signs for next season.
8. Any other business
Jonathan O’Byrne spoke to members about the proposed bar behind the Jack Carr Stand. Plans are still being developed and will only presented to the club once they are complete. A lot of work has already been put into the plans and special thanks go to Jonathan for all of his work so far.
9. Next meetings
Man 10 (board), June 14 (members).