Trust Update – December 2021

Trust Update – December 2021

December 12, 2021 Latest News 0

It was our intentions to hold a Trust meeting prior to the Christmas Quiz which took place on Wednesday 1st December at the social club. Unfortunately due to getting ready for the event and being busy on the night this was not quite possible and therefore we wanted to provide you with the following update.

Chair Report:

The CFCST Board are currently working on the strategy for the next 3 years and how we can position the trust moving forwards. Since the trust acquired part of the club, there has been a drop off in membership and activity and it is vital we are clear on our ambitions and how we want to go about this. Through this a key goal will be to build the membership, and tap into new parts of the fanbase who havent engaged with us previously through increased communication. We also want to increase fan engagement, and act as the sounding board for the club from its fans. Key to this is learning lessons from other successful supporters trusts who the board will engage with in the next few months. We plan to present our plan to all members in the new year.

Finance Report:

Income

Golden Goal sales 295.00
Golden Goal sponsorship 150.00
Pledges 72.00
Donations 19.40

£536.40

Expenses

Golden Goal prize 120.00
Race night expenses 257.50
Room hire 100.00
Ionos 4.80
Rackspace 9.56
Paypal / Local Giving fees 0.44

£492.30

Bank balance

Working account £2876.01
Fans Ownership Fund £4969.93
Unbanked cash £108.00

Total: £7,953.94

Membership Report:

As of 1st December 2021 we currently have 38 adult members and 1 junior member. If you are debating about joining the Trust but have some burning questions then we do urge you to approach a board member and ask away. You can also email, Tweet, Facebook message the Trust account to get answers to any queries you have. We are well aware that the membership number is low at this time of year compared to the last few. We have contacted last years members several times to try to make contact and to remind them to join. I have had a few people mention to me that they’ve not yet joined, they intend to, but just haven’t got around to it. If you are looking to join then you can pay any board member or do it easily online.

Julian Vass, Vice Chairman

Supporter Director Update:

Connor Hall likely out until sometime in January. The club are looking for ideas for family packages to get more into the two Christmas/New Year home matches. Briefly discussed by a few of us last night – ideas included £5 entry as being done by some clubs, including York against us; ‘Two for Twenty’, allowing two adults in for £20; Difficult to think of family options given that accompanied U-12s get in free anyway, but one family-oriented option on that theme could be, for example, reduced entry fee for ‘adult accompanied by a child’ or ‘concession accompanied by a child’? If nothing else could get more kids – our future supporters – into the ground and becoming Chorley fans. No child is going to go for nearly two hours without demanding food, so could also be a boost for the Magpies Nest!

Pete Thompson, Supporter Director

Player of The Month:

Player of The Month nominations were made by the Trust members present at the quiz night. The nominations were Connor Hall, Harvey Smith, Scott Leather and Will Tomlinson. Head over to our Twitter page to see the results.

Sponsored Walk – AFC Fylde

As ever, we as a Trust like to get in at least one sponsored walk per year. Our year in the National League was meant to see some members walking from Euston Station to Borehamwood but unfortunatly that was not meant to be. This year our relatively short walk takes us 18 miles from Victory Park to Mill Farm where we’ll face AFC Fylde in our festive Boxing Day clash.

It is an open invitation to take part in the walk as we aim to leave Victory Park at 6am which will give ourselves plenty of time to take an easy pace along the A6 and through Preston whilst using the Lancaster Canal as a more scenic route. This year we have thought long and hard about which charity we would like to benefit from our efforts and we are proud to announce that half of all proceeds will go towards the NSPCC.

Julian & JP

There has been a Local Giving page set up for sponsorships along with bucket collections on the day.

Our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th January in the social club at Victory Park. We will of course be reviewing our meetings in person in accordance with the Coronavirus guidance set out by the Government.

Everyone at Chorley FC Supporters Trust wishes you a very Merry Christmas