This season, writing of the Trust’s programme page is being shared between Ceri Stone and Terry Sinnett. This week Terry writes…..
I reflected last time on my first year as a member of the Trust Board. Today I’d like to describe the structure of our monthly meetings which, in pre Covid times, took place in one of the hospitality boxes at the Liberty Stadium.
I remember my first meeting walking into the reception area at the Liberty filled with excitement, especially having never been in that area before. The facilities are impressive and the view of the ground from the hospitality boxes is awesome.
The meetings are now virtual but still follow the same agenda:
- Matters arising from previous meeting
- Chairman’s report and Legal update
- Supporters Director update
- Treasurers report
- Membership & fundraising report
- Website & Social Media report
- DSA (Disabled Supporters Association) report
- School Initiative report
- Any other business
The Trust sub groups that cover these matters meet regularly and bring the full board up to date on their activities and progress. Discussions then follow and where necessary votes are taken to decide Trust policy.
The roles of each board member and the sub groups can be found on our website: https://www.swanstrust.co.uk/meet-the-trust-board/
A recent example of this was the arrangements made by the club on how to best look after Season Ticket holders and administer refund requests. The Trust were heavily involved in discussions with the club with the aim of achieving the priorities that we knew were important to our supporters. Many of our goals were adopted and the consensus has been that the action taken by the club was fair and balanced, especially given the difficult and testing times we are in.
Minutes of our meetings are published on our website and can be found at https://www.swanstrust.co.uk/trust-board-and-agm-minutes/
Our ‘Join the Swans Trust’ campaign continues to bear fruit, and we have seen a big increase in membership. Many have renewed having let their membership lapse in recent years and we are particularly pleased to see many brand-new members. Welcome one and all.
We still need more of the Jack Army to join the Trust, to have a say and to take part. You can join here: https://www.swanstrust.co.uk/join-the-trust/
With 50% off fees until 31 December you only pay £5.00/£2.50/£1.00 for Adult/Senior/Junior membership. A perfect Christmas treat for yourself, family or friend.
We have also received many donations, currently exceeding £1000. A superb gesture and thank you to those concerned.
On the field, our good start to the season continues. Bar the disappointing result against Huddersfield we have competed with all the teams we’ve faced. We have shown glimpses of the ‘Swansea Way’ and the great win against Stoke, arguably our best display of the season so far, is hopefully indicative of the way we are going.
Today we welcome the Blue and Whites from Blackburn to the Liberty. With DG10 having moved on, we are at least assured that no ex-player will score against us, as happened last time round.
Enjoy the game.