We hold our AGM on Tuesday (20th) at 7.30pm in the Grandstand Bar.
We hope as many members as possible will attend to discuss the recent changes at the club and what the Trust's reaction should be. We have already agreed an initial meeting between representatives from the Trust board and the new board of directors and there will be the opportunity for members to suggest what issues TIY should raise with the club at this meeting.
There will also be a presentation on the Trust's proposed scheme to improve disabled facilities at the club as well as details of the Trust's 'Get Involved' series of events for the season culminating with the exhibition at the Atkinson next spring to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club winning promotion from the Fourth Division.
There are still vacancies on the Trust Board and members who might be interested to be co-opted are particularly invited to attend on Tuesday to find out more of what it involves.
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Brief review of Trust’s activities during the year (Martin Robinson)
3. Financial report (Jordan Shandley)
5. Membership report (Bill Sloan)
6. Election of board members.
Bill Sloan is up for re-election and Jordan Shandley and Kayley Robinson for election)
There will also be the opportunity for members to express an interest in being co-opted on to the Board.
7. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising.
8. Trust plans for improving disabled viewing facilities at ground (Howard Birch).
9. Trust’s relationship with the club and future strategy
Following the recent changes in the Club Board we hope there will be new opportunities for the Trust to work with the Club and put forward supporters’ views and ideas. This AGM is an opportunity for members to give their opinions as to what direction the Trust should take over the next few months.
10. Programme of events 2016/7 (Noel Warham)
Details of our ‘Get Involved’ events including October’s Race Night and later in the season our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Club getting promotion from the 4th Division.
11. Coach Travel.
12. Any other business
To include formal updating of Trust rules and address of ‘registered office’.
13. Dates of next meetings
Trust in Yellow would like to congratulate Liam Watson, Nigel Allen and David Barron on their appointment to the board of Southport Football Club.
All three gentlemen are well known to be staunch supporters of the club and their formal involvement in this capacity heralds a new era for the club.
In particular, we look forward once again to working with Liam Watson, who has supported the Trust in a number of different ways during his various spells as manager, and indeed most recently in helping to organise the tenth anniversary celebrations of the 2005 Conference North title-winning team.
We are also encouraged by comments made by the club chairman, Charlie Clapham, that 'we will engage with Trust in Yellow in order that we take everyone with us on this journey.'
We are scheduled to meet with the chairman and members of the board within the next month and, as not only a body that represents supporters, but also as a major shareholder in the club, we look forward to discussing the Trust's role in the new direction of the football club as it moves forward.
We look forward to further developing a positive working relationship with the club, whilst at the same time ensuring that the views of our members are appropriately and robustly represented through improved communication, and exploring whether Trust representation on the board could be placed on the agenda.
Given these new developments, it could be argued that there has never been a better time to be a member of Trust in Yellow, as we look to engage with the club on behalf of all supporters, and would encourage all supporters to join together under the auspices of the Trust, as together we are stronger.
We are in no doubt that both the Trust and the board of the football club have the same common goal in mind - to see Southport FC successful both on and off the pitch.
We will endeavour to keep all members appraised as to any developments in what is sure to be an interesting and hopefully positive period.
Our AGM takes place in the Grandstand Bar at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Tuesday September 20 at 7.30pm.
Calling notices are in the process of being sent to all members. usual, all members are welcome to attend.
As well as the usual AGM business the main item on the agenda will be about the Trust’s plans to improve disabled viewing facilities at the ground. Howard Birch, who is the leading the project for the Trust, will report on the various possible schemes and ask for members’ views and advice.
There will also be details of our exciting plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s promotion from the Fourth Division in 1967 which will include an exhibition at The Atkinson in town. There will also be chance for members to suggest questions they would like the Trust board to put to the club board at their next meeting.