1. Apologies for absence
Katrina, Alan Jones
2. Brief review of Trusts activities during the year
Alan gave an overview of Trust activities for the last 12 months including the floodlights project which is finally near to completion, providing coach travel to as many games as possible, holding meet the manager sessions, the World Cup Sweepstake, the fan of the season/player of the month awards, player sponsorship and the Race Night. Thanks were also extended to former board members Rob & Julia Urwin for all their hard work both whilst on the committee and as Trust members.
3. Treasurers report and presentation of Annual accounts
The Trusts balance currently stands at £25,762. The vast majority of this will be used up as part of the Trusts contribution to the floodlights. The Trust has donated over £26,000 to the club since its formation in 2006. The shares issued to the Trust for its contribution to the floodlights project will make TIY the third largest shareholder in Southport Football Club. If any member would like a copy of the detailed accounts compiled by Treasurer Phil Carder either contact a member of the Trust board or call into the Trust office on a matchday.
Bill reported that the Trust currently has 230 members. There have been 24 new members joining since the start of the year with an impressive 19 of these joining since the leaflet drive during pre-season. Renewal reminders being sent out by e-mail have also helped but the major factor in boosting membership levels is on pitch success.
5. Vote on the election of board members
Chairman Alan Scarisbrick was re-elected. Elected to the board for the first time were Katrina Taylor, Noel Warham and James Treadwell.
6. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.
7. Liaising with local companies
Colin reported that several companies are interested in joining the Barbers Parlour in providing offers for Trust members. The Trust can provide local businesses with exposure on its website and newsletter and Haydn Preece also kindly offered free advertising on the clubs official website as well as matchday hospitality tickets.
8. Future events and Fundraising activities
The annual Race Night is likely to take place on Saturday 18th October although this is yet to be confirmed. A quiz night is also in the pipeline possibly taking place in the New Year. A number of player worn shirts have recently been donated which will be either auctioned off or used as raffle prizes. The Celebration Wall will possibly be located on the side of the club shop and the webshop and Easyfundraising are continuing to raise money. The Trust will discuss with the club the possibility of raising money for improved disabled facilities when the floodlights project has been completed.
9. Coach Travel including weekend trip 2014/15
Coaches were run to the games at Halifax and Telford and have recorded a slight profit so far. The weekend trip will probably be to Bristol in April travelling down on the Friday and returning on the Sunday. The option to pay in instalments will be available to anyone interested in going.
10. Clubs community programme
Haydn Preece provided a detailed outline of the many current and future initiatives that form the clubs community delivery. Of the 68 Conference clubs Southport Football Club was awarded 2nd place in the Community Club Of The Year award during the summer. The community coaching is looking to be expanded to include secondary schools and the Trust is keen to support at least some part of this.
11. Any other business
Alan Scarisbrick took the ice bucket challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease. There were 25 replies to the questionnaire issued as part of the Trusts leaflet drive which will be discussed at the next meeting. Tilly the TIY Teddy continues to travel round the world visiting Thailand, Russia and the USA amongst other exotic locations.
12. Date of next meeting
Monday 6th October - Board