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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
Falkirk Supporters Society
24th August 2012