Supporter Engagement at FFC

In Autumn 2013 a survey of nearly 1000 Falkirk fans showed that 70% of supporters had a lack of confidence in the club’s leadership. Since then the union of Falkirk Supporters Groups (Falkirk Fans) have been working closely with the Club to address the numerous issues raised by the fans.

We have been in dialogue with the club for some considerable time to satisfy their, and our, desire to enhance fan engagement. We believed our proposal to the Board – a more democratic structure with ‘one fan, one vote’ – clearly demonstrated a pathway to allow all Falkirk supporters who hold season tickets to become members of a new fans Society.

Not only are we shocked and extremely disappointed that this was rejected but were astonished that our proposals have been taken and the Club now plans to establish their own undemocratic fans group.

To be told in recent days that the FSS’s place on the Club’s Board, a position held since 2002, is being removed is a major disappointment to all the Falkirk fans group especially at a time when fans of all clubs are asking for better governance and financial transparency in football. It is a real blow to independent supporters groups who are committed to the long term sustainability of their clubs.

We have called on the Club to engage with, as a matter of urgency, Supporters Direct Scotland to try to come to a compromise in what has the danger of becoming a hugely damaging situation at the club.

Board Report 30th January 2014

Boardroom Report 30th January 2014
The board offered Gary and the whole team congratulations on getting to the top of the league although they appreciated there is still a long way to go.
As reported on the official website Jay Fulton has joined Swansea and Mark Beck (Carlisle), Joe Chalmers (Celtic) and Mark Millar have joined on loan until the end of the season. Gregor Amos has continued his loan to Selkirk and Kriss Faulds to Stenhousemuir. A verbal offer was received for Stephen Kingsley from Swansea which the board rejected as this did not match their valuation of the player.
The new Physio equipment has been purchased.
The security on match days together with access and egress at the ground and car parks, as raised by the working party, are being addressed and it is hoped fans will see an improvement.
The SFA have successfully carried out their audit of the club and the results will be known in due course
The shop in the Howgate had been a success in the run-up to Christmas. Sales and marketing are ahead of plan and the themed days at recent matches had been well attended, as has hospitality in general. Pitch hire was also going well and consideration for additional projects for the summer months are being considered.
The Sportsman’s Dinner is to support FFC Academy Players and not FVFA, although the possibility of a separate sponsor for the latter is being investigated.
The Rod Stewart concert is now nearly fully booked with some hospitality still available.

Next meeting on 27th February 2014

Board Meeting Report December 2013

During January the manager will offer new extended contracts to some players. The provision of new Physiotherapy Kit is being considered. It is hoped Falkirk Supporters’ Society can assist in the funding or partial funding of this equipment. Mike to enquire of FSS if assistance in the purchase is possible.
Gary has been in further discussions regarding the running of the Forth Valley Football Academy.

The Board appointed an Audit and Remuneration Committee consisting Paul Kenny, Douglas McIntyre, Ronnie Bateman and Douglas Henderson, with the remit of reviewing the club’s finances on an ongoing basis.

The Club has arranged with Greenfields, the synthetic pitch supplier, to organise an open day in January at the Stadium. A number of interested clubs, local authorities and other bodies from throughout the UK, who are currently considering installing the same high grade artificial pitch as ours, will have the opportunity to view the Falkirk FC surface at first hand.

The club will take the lead and introduce a motion at the January SPFL meeting regarding the differing admission prices for fans at some grounds. It will be proposed that standard pricing for both home and visiting supporters be introduced.

It is proposed that Falkirk Fans should, where ever possible, be self-policing both at home and away in the event of any vandalism, offensive singing or the mis-use of flares and smoke bombs.

Kieran Kozary is currently working to raise the profile of the club both in the media and on social media websites. Good progress is now being made particularly on themed match days with forward bookings being encouraging.

Rod Stewart concert ticket sales are going very well. The original 16,400 places are almost sold out and the promoters are looking at the possibility to increase the total capacity of the concert to c.20, 000.

The actual number of season tickets sold is considered by the club to be commercially confidential, however it was reported that the total income from season tickets is similar to season 2012/2013. We are however currently running a shortfall against budget in walk up ticket sales as a result of lower numbers of both home and visiting fans. It should however be noted that match day receipts in total so far for this season, are ahead of budget as a result of cup games.

The Board has agreed that the club will make a contribution of £100 to each of the three supporters clubs who took buses to the abandoned Queen of the South match. This contribution is being made towards the cost of buses for the re-arranged game. David White will contact Queen of the South to ask if they are also prepared to assist.

Lengthy discussions took place regarding the clubs finances and plans to improve income streams. The next Board meeting will be on 30th January 2014.

Fans Rep Board Report November

Report from Board Meeting 28th November 2013

Firstly and apology that there was not report on the October Board Meeting as the Supporters Rep was on holiday and only returned shortly before the November Meeting.

1. The manager reported that he was pleased with the performance of the team and the latest results. He visits the Academy regularly and encourages the coaches and passes on training suggestions. The position of goalkeeping coach is still under review.

2. The Mark Stewart Tribunal met on 23rd November and a decision is expected in 3 to 13 weeks.

3. The pitch hire is still showing an uptake of around 95% uptake of the peak hours between 5pm and 10pm producing budgeted revenue, however lots of space is available for the off peak times between 1pm and 5pm during the day.

4. Sales and Marketing is still developing new business and increased revenue. The club shop opens in the Howgate on 2nd December and it is hoped this will bring in additional revenue. Many new items on sale will be aimed at the Christmas market. There is also the possibility of holding Ladies’ Day again this season. Various sponsorship deals are being investigated.

5. Ticket sales for the Rod Stewart concert have been going extremely well with of 12,000 tickets sold. It was originally expected to have 16,490 attend but this could be increased if there is sufficient demand.

6. A small steering group looking at all aspects of the club has been set up by the Chairman, this will include someone from the FF Group. A further group consisting club management and representatives of the fans group is to be set up to review the Fans Survey implementing changes where appropriate.

7. The Directors have approved a request from FSS that the Supporters’ Alternative Director should be able to attend Board Meetings as an observer.

Fans Rep Monthly Board Report

Each Month from now the Falkirk Supporters Society Fans rep will feed back issues discussed at the monthly Board Meeting. Below is the first of these from the meeting held in September this year.
1. Gary Holt is still looking to improve his squad.
2. The club is reviewing the position with regard to a goalkeeper coach.
3. It is also investigating the purchase of upper body training equipment.
4. The club is still in consultation regarding the Stirling University buildings it has used for the last few years.
5. A concert is expected to be arranged for June 2014. The acts will be confirmed at a later date.
6. It is intended that a Falkirk town centre shop will be opened as a short term venture for the Christmas period.
7. The new synthetic pitch has already a 90% hire uptake, with Bo’ness United, Brechin City, Syngenta Juveniles and the Falkirk FC Foundation among those taking regular hires.
8. Free season tickets are to be issued to the kids attending the Falkirk FC Foundation
9. Bradford City have referred the compensation claim for Mark Stewart to the European Council for Arbitration in Sport. The club expect a decision in about 2 months’ time.
Mike Dickins

Sportsman’s Breakfast 9th November 2013

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The Falkirk Supporters Society are holding a Sportsman’s Breakfast in The Park Hotel, Falkirk on Saturday 9th November 2013.
The event is being held to raise funds for the Society who in turn will invest in Falkirk Football Club with any profit made on the day.

Starting at 10.30am guests will enjoy a selection of cereals, tea or coffee, toast and a full cooked breakfast.
The event will be hosted by Bill Copeland and after dinner speakers Craig Brown, Scott Glynn & Paul Reid.

As well as the guest speakers Falkirk Supporters Society will be inviting a number of ex-players who have played for the club since the 1970′s through to this century, giving fans the chance to meet and speak to their former hero’s.
The event will finish around 1.30pm giving everyone plenty of time to get to The Falkirk Stadium for the match against Livingston.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ Button below or by emailing enquiries@falkirksupporterssociety.org with your contact details including a contact telephone number.

Tickets are priced at £32.50 or £300 if you take a full table of 10 and are on a first come basis. The capacity on the day is a maximum of 170.

Guests must be at least 16-years old


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Falkirk Supporters Society

As previously announced Bairnstrust has been reviewing our structure and strategic plan in an attempt to broaden its appeal and membership with Falkirk Supporters.

Today we are delighted to launch the organisations new name, new branding, new website and new social media sites.

From today the Bairnstrust name will be replaced and the organisation will now be known by its’ registered name The Falkirk Supporters Society. The board of the organisation felt that it was the right time to replace the Bairnstrust brand which has served the society well for ten years. If the Society is to attract more members it felt that a new look would be the best first step forward.

Our new website is www.falkirksupportersociety.org and you will be able to find all relevant information regarding the Society, the club and many other football related matters there.

You can also follow us on Facebook at Falkirk Trust and on Twitter @FFCSupporters.

It is our intention to keep everyone up to date on other changes over the next few weeks before our Q&A night on Thursday 27th of September in Falkirk.

Now the club’s season ticket sales period is at an end we are in the process of contacting all fans who took up the offer to join this year. This initiative has increased the membership and we would like to thank the club for their support with this. We would also like to thank all those fans who have joined and hopefully we can encourage more to get involved in the coming weeks and months.

We hope Falkirk fans will see this as a positive first step and a fresh beginning for The Falkirk Supporters Society. It is our objective to create an organisation that all Falkirk Fans can relate to, be part of if they wish and can represent their views well within the club.

The Board

Falkirk Supporters Society

24th August 2012