2019 recap – the year for CFCST
This time last season we were down to the bare minimum of 5 board members but over the past twelve months we have added two new elected board members: Pete Thompson and Hayden Rose. Pete and Hayden have given us some new impetus and fresh ideas and it has been great to have them as part of the team. Hayden works for the club as a steward, attends almost all the games and brings enthusiasm, lots of good ideas and the perspective of the younger generation of Chorley fans. Pete has years of relevant experience in the not-for-profit and community sector, runs a Community Interest Company which is similar to a Community Benefit Society, and is a writer by trade.
More recently, Martin Ramsbotham has been coopted onto the board. Again, Martin regularly attends home and away, having at the time of writing seen every game this season so far. His work appears elsewhere in this programme, and away from football he has a postgraduate qualification in local authority research and works in retail.
There are still three vacancies which we are keen to fill and we are always pleased to hear from people who are interested in stepping up.
Fan ownership fund
In January this year we invested the Fan Ownership Fund, built up over several seasons, into our football club. The Trust currently owns 9% of Chorley FC’s holding company: Chorley Sporting Club, with almost all of the remainder split equally between Ken Wright and Graham Watkinson, who also both sit on the football club board. As one of the terms of this investment, we now have a perpetual right to have two directors on the board of the football club. Trust chair Dave Tindall and vice chair Chris Blackburn have passed the Football Association Fit and Proper Person test and sit on both the Trust and club board.
Our pledges scheme raised £3000, as it has done in previous seasons. This time the money raised was split between Chorley FC Women and youth development, each of which received £1500. This season we are targeting ground improvements. Please get involved and find out more at cfcst.org/pledges
We organised two race nights in the Social Club, raising over £1000 in total. All proceeds from the November race night went towards a new stretcher for use at Victory Park. Everyone is working very hard off the pitch to get our club up to the level required in the National League, and we’re pleased to help out wherever we can.
Our Christmas Quiz was once again well attended and was a fun, light-hearted way to end the year.