At the meeting of the Trust board on Monday a report was given of the meeting Trust representatives held with the club immediately before the club AGM.
Charlie Clapham told board members what he later also promised club shareholders that the new floodlights will be in place and operating by November 2014.
Work has already been completed on the cabling and the bases should be in place in the early weeks of the new season.
Board members are sure supporters will welcome the Chairman's statement and look forward to seeing the first match under the new lights in November.
1. Apologies for absence
2. Matters arising from last meeting
All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.
3. Treasurers report
The Trusts balance currently stands at GBP24652. GBP100 has been set aside for World Cup Sweepstake prize money with GBP41 currently available to put towards future coach trips. GBP1500 has been paid out for community coaching which covers up until the end of January. GBP76.50 has been paid to the winner of last seasons prediction league Phillipa Preece and fees for the website have been paid up to 2016.
There has been some response to the reminder e-mails sent out to lapsed members with a couple of renewals and one new member being gained. Leaflets promoting the Trust were given out at the Everton friendly and will continue to be distributed along with booklet versions of the monthly Newsletter. A couple of local businesses have responded with regards to offering discounts to Trust members and this will now be pursued further.
5. Report of meeting with the club on 9th July
The club confirmed that the new floodlights will be in situ sometime in November and says there may be a friendly game to act as an official switch on. Plans and estimates are unknown at this time but Charlie Clapham projected that the overall cost may now be in the low GBP80000s. The Trusts contribution remains at 25% up to GBP100000. With regards to community coaching Haydn Preece says he wishes to present to the Trust and its members the different strands of coaching being offered by the club and will be invited to a meeting in the future to do this. The club also wants the Trust to look into improving disabled facilities.
6. Roles within Trust Board
Board members were asked what roles they would like within the Trust and these will be finalised after the AGM.
7. Coach Travel
Quotes for next season have been received from Elite Travel and Huyton based Cambreco. Overall Elite are GBP120 cheaper but Cambreco offer cheaper prices for the longer distance trips. This is due to their ability to access smaller vehicles which Elite cannot do. A trial game was suggested using a 24 seater vehicle to see how this would be received by supporters. With regards to the weekend trip Bristol in April is the leading candidate at the moment.
8. Trust Events
Confirmation will be sought shortly that the proposed Meet the Manager session will go ahead. The 18th October and 1st November were put forward as possible dates for the annual Race Night. A quiz night was also discussed possibly taking place sometime in the New Year. The AGM will be held on Tuesday 2nd September.
The Trust is keen to get back involved with the Band Nights if they are resurrected by the club. These were very successful previously raising over GBP2000 in just a couple of years. Easysearch is currently raising GBP3 per week for the Trust with the Webshop having raised GBP90 thus far. Katrina has taken over the pledges which raised GBP272 last season.
10. Any other business
The next match signs will continue next season. Enquiries will be made to Merseyrail regarding increased publicity for the club on trains and at stations etc.
11. Dates of next meeting
Tuesday 2nd September - AGM