This week our Supporter Director Terry Sinnett writes…….
The International break is welcomed by some but not others. Our coaches no doubt look forward to it as it allows some batteries to be recharged and for some serious coaching sessions. I’m very much in the latter camp and can’t wait to get back to the stadium to see the boys in action.
Our work at the Trust goes on regardless and being 3 months into my new role as Supporter Director of the club, I thought I’d offer an insight into what that entails. It was a surprise to be elected to the position it has to be said, and after a slow start due to a number of reasons, I’m now up and running.
As I see it, my job is to be the link between our members, the wider fan base (who we’d love to see join the Trust) and the club. The role carries with it Directorship of the football club. This involves accepting legal responsibilities and obligations and receiving confidential information that could on rare occasions be seen as conflicting with our interests. Hopefully, as my relationship with the ownership of the club and local management grows, this will not be an issue.
I have scheduled meetings with Julian Winter at which we discuss club matters, many raised by fans. I am intending to publish extracts from those meetings on our website. We also discuss team matters, performances, financial reports and any plans the club have that affects the fans.
At home matches myself and Trust chair Dave Dalton are invited to attend club hospitality at the Centenary Suite. This offers us the opportunity of interacting with club and opposition officials, VIPs, sponsors and other guests. Opportunities to ensure they know about the Trust and the part it’s played, and will continue to play, in the clubs history. Usually only one of us will attend as we alternate between this and being available to our members at the Trust POD.
At this moment, I have not attended a club board meeting but will look forward to the opportunity of talking to the other directors and reviewing all the clubs activities.
My role also entails being a member of the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG). The group is co-ordinated by Swansea Council and made up of representatives from the council, emergency services, other relevant bodies and the club. Its responsibility is to provide a forum for discussing and advising on public safety at the stadium.
So this is a flavour of what my SD role entails. I am looking forward to developing it whilst continuing with my other Trust work. At all times having the best interests of both the club and fans at heart.
Today we welcome Blackpool to the Swansea.com stadium. They have had a steady start to the season having won 3 out of their last 5 games. Just like us. Hope the Seasiders fans enjoy their trip to the best coast in Wales, but leave pointless!
Enjoy the game.