2018 Annual General Meeting – Chairman’s report
Here’s an abridged version of Chair Dave Tindall’s address to the AGM.
Firstly I would like to start with a moment to remember those members of the Trust that are no longer with us, particularly Rita Charnley who passed away in January. Rita was a great supporter of the football club and the Trust and she is much missed by everyone – I hope that the renaming of the Player of the Year Trophy as the Golden Girls Player of the Year Trophy is a tribute to Rita and all the Golden Girls.
Ryan Modlin – Ryan is one of the main reasons that I joined the Trust Board with his clarity of vision and passion for both the football club and the Supporters Trust. Due to work and university degree commitments Ryan has been unable to commit as much time as he would have liked to the Trust Board and unfortunately Ryan signalled his intention to step down for next season. That said, Ryan has indicated that he intends to re-join the Trust Board in 2019 when he hopes that he will have more time to commit.
Jue Vaas – Jue stepped in as Membership Secretary at the start of the season and has worked hard to engage with members and encourage renewals throughout the season. Despite the pressure of planning a wedding and settling into fatherhood Jue has been committed to the Trust and has strived hard to get new faces on-board and all membership monies collected.
Thank you to both Ryan and Jue from everyone on the Trust Board.
These resignations mean that we now only have 5 Board Members which is the minimum that our constitution allows. As such this means that we are very keen for new blood to come on board and get involved – without board members, volunteers and your continued support the Trust would be nothing.
Our flagship fundraising scheme this year has been the pledges for Chorley FC Youth Development. The pledges are now into their 4th year and as in 2016/17 we have reached our £3,000 funding target. This season we have had £2987 pledged (aided by an anonymous donation of £500). If you have any outstanding pledges please could you pay these ASAP and we can get the funds across to the club so they can help to continue their work developing the next generation of Magpies stars. https://localgiving.org/donation/cfcst
The Trust board has already discussed the pledges scheme for next season and given the news that Chorley Ladies FC are becoming part of the club, we are proposing a 50:50 split between the Development teams and the Ladies team. The development of young players is a long term project and we are pleased to see a number of the youth players coming through the ranks in the final week of the season. Particularly pleasing was the Lancashire Cup Final last month where the first team squad contained half a dozen young Magpies who fired us to a record breaking number of trophy wins.
We have continued to support Living Waters Food Bank and your donations to this very worthy cause have been generous each time and very warmly received by the foodbank with particular thanks to Chorley Building Society for their donations just prior to Christmas. We will continue this venture into next season supporting those less fortunate than ourselves at what can be a difficult time of year.
This year our big sponsored event was the New Year’s Day walk to Southport FC. It is worth once more congratulating those who took part. Getting up at 6am on New Year’s Day shows real commitment and effort and we were all really pleased that the numbers involved had grown from 2 in 2015 to 4 in 2016 to a superb 14 in 2017. Despite the result (and the weather) the camaraderie was brilliant on the day and kept us all going on the slog between Mawdesley and Southport (potato field, rain, more potatoes, more rain) finishing off with a 3-0 defeat. The beneficiaries of the walk were 2 local organisations – Derian House and Chorley Women’s Centre. Both organisations attended a game and were presented with their cheques on the pitch and were extremely grateful for the amounts we raised. In total each charity received £800 with a further £1,600 going into the fan ownership fund. What was also pleasing was recognition from the first team squad of our efforts and they donated £200 to the good causes. Thank you.
Until the service was discontinued the Trust provided financial support to allow the service to be broadcast via Chorley FM and on a dedicated YouTube channel. The Trust Board were informed of the complaints against Ian Livesey and are supportive of the decision to impose a sanction. As an organisation we oppose discrimination of any form and we want Chorley FC to be an open and welcoming place for all. We also continue to work with the club on an alternative commentary provision for those that can’t attend the games but as yet this is in the early stages.
Golden Goal Tickets
We have continued to sell Golden Goal tickets throughout the season but we have managed to secure some local companies to provide sponsorship which has funded the cost of the £25 star prize. Golden Goals are a vital source of income for the Trust so thank you to everyone who buys a ticket on match days and to all those companies that have provided sponsorship. For next season we are looking for someone who would be willing to help to sell Golden Goal tickets on a regular basis which will allow us to man the Trust table outside the club house.
Supporting the club
Throughout the season we have continued to support the club both financially and non-financially. Taking into account the Pledges (above) this season we will have contributed over £5,000 to Chorley FC.
We took a different approach to sponsorship this year and took out a Silver Sponsorship package from the club. This included 2 match ball sponsorships (with entry to the 1883 Lounge), a pitch side advertising board which we offered to our members through a prize draw and 2 season tickets. If we take out a similar package in 2018/19 we will make much better use of the season tickets – perhaps offering out to members, use as prizes, allow our Golden Goal seller to get in for free or offer out to community organisations.
In addition to the sponsorship package above, our support has included, but not limited to:
A barrel at the beer festival
Joining the Magpies Business Club
2 player sponsorships
Mark Rees and I personally also purchased 6 ‘Hottest Ticket in Town’ tickets to support the club and help raise the profile of what was an excellent campaign run by Josh and the guys.
Relationships with the club
In addition to the financial support we have also tried to support the club in other ways through publicising events on social media and working behind the scenes on a number of other initiatives including supporting the Family Fun Day and the Thirsty Magpie Beer Festival.
I am pleased to announce that the organising committee will provide free beer for all Trust members that attend the Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend! What this actually means is that on production of your Trust membership card you will receive one additional beer token which is a great gesture by the club. Again thank you.
We have built relationships with the new CEO Dave Riche, Graham and Josh. The club has been supportive of our initiatives including the presentation of the Player of the Year Trophy on the pitch before the last game, offering Trust members a discount on club events, Twitter polls for Player of the Month and the club invited all those who walked to Southport into the 1883 Lounge for a complimentary meal and drinks before a midweek fixture.
Our 2 Race Nights were well attended, enjoyable and financially successful – the latest event had over 45 people turn up with some new faces which was great to see. We also arranged 2 Quiz nights – the Christmas Quiz being a great success numbers wise.
Chris Blackburn did a fantastic job in organising a trip to the 20/20 Cricket Match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford last July which we’re repeating again this summer. If you fancy seeing the mighty Yorkshire beat the vastly inferior Red Rose county this is the trip for you. It is a good mix of people, young and old and don’t worry we’re not in the party stand. If you’re interested in coming let Chris Blackburn know – the game is on course for a sell out and it is always a great atmosphere. We’re also in discussions with the football club via a social committee to better co-ordinate our Trust events with other events be it weddings, christenings or Sportsman’s Dinners which allows both parties to plan more effectively.
Fan Ownership Fund
Since the last AGM the club ownership situation has been resolved and there is now a greater degree of certainty with the lease signed between Chorley Council and the football club for the use of Victory Park. That said we still believe that the best model for ownership of the football club is a Community Benefit Society which is democratic and allows fans a stake in the ownership of their club and we encourage Ken and Graham to look at this amongst all the other options on the table.
As a Trust we continue to build up the Fan Ownership Fund should an opportunity arise to potentially acquire a stake in the football club. In addition to supporting the club and other community projects outlined above we have still managed to grow the Fan Ownership Fund from £18,000 to £24,000 over the last financial year. The Fan Ownership Fund is strictly ring fenced and controlled and will continue to be built up until such a time as its use is called upon.
I’d like to thank all our members for their support this year and those that have already renewed for next season. Please renew ASAP and encourage as many as your friends to do so sooner rather than later. It’s an important point, but the chasing up renewals and new members can take many months and hard work and the sooner we can sign people up the better as it is money in the bank and gives us a base on which to build and go on to progress our other aims and objectives.
Finally, I’d like to thank my fellow directors, volunteers and members – it takes a lot of hard work to do what we’ve done this year and your support is much appreciated. With a few more willing hands on board we could do so much more, so if you are willing and able to help please shout – however much or little you can do – every minute is greatly appreciated.