The new board of the Supporter Trust met for the first time last night for their monthly meeting with lots to discuss and plan for the coming season. Christine Clark was welcomed as a new member of the board as Matt Phillips, who stepped down as Chairman last year, welcomed back onto the board after a short absence. Dave Jones was also appointed vice treasurer with Matt Bowman continuing as Vice Chairman, Ian Compton as Secretary and Trevor King as Treasurer.
High on the agenda was how the Trust would support the new management board of the football and Chairman Lee Mills was full of praise for the new structure. “The new management board of the football club is an important step to improving the budget management and decision making of the football club”, Mills commented. “Having the manager, David Mehew at the first management board was an important step forward so he was fully aware of the situation the club currently finds itself in”. Mills continued, “having Nick Priest on board to assist with budgeting will hopefully avoid the situation the club found itself in last season”.
Mills has also confirmed that The Trust will no longer be burdened with the cost of funding the team’s away travel. “The coach travel for the players took a very large amount of money out of the trust. The club has used its contacts and bargaining power to get a great deal this season which will take the expense out of The Trust’s hands”.
However The Trust will still make financial contributions to the football club, but this will not be as binding and set in stone as in previous years as Mills explained. “The Trust cannot continue to commit to paying certain bills for the football club, they must stand on their own two feet. The Trust will make donations to the club but it will be on our terms and it will be what we are able to afford and when we are able to afford it. We very much hope to contribute a similar amount to previous seasons and I would love us to be able to contribute more. The range of events and fundraisers penciled in for this season will dictate that, they must be well supported.
The meeting concluded with plans for forthcoming events. It was confirmed that a Race Night would take place on 23rd November at the BMI club in Upton St Leonards. A Santa Stroll will also be held in conjunction with a yet unconfirmed charity on 21st December prior to Gloucester City’s home game with Gainsborough Trinity. The first ever Gloucester City Question of Sport will also be taking place on 21st February and early plans for a skittles evening, a balti night with guests from City’s past and yellow and black dinner were muted.
All in all, a busy season ahead for The Trust and we cannot wait to get started.