I would like to nominate myself for the position of Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO). I have not missed a game at Twerton Park in 4 years, and travel to six to twelve away games a year (we don’t always get to the semis of the FA Trophy!). As someone who is often around helping to put up and take down the flags; and has travelled on both train and coach; I believe I am someone who understands the roller coaster of emotions associated with being a City fan, that comes from the exceptional highs of Rovers away, to the lows of losing 7-1 at East Thurrock.
I understand that there are many different opinions held on various issues with the club, from some people's complaints about ticket prices, to other's concerns about the bars and many other issues, and I would endeavour to make sure that all of the issues no matter how small they may appear would be listened to.
I am easily approachable and available in, and around the ground, so will be able to listen to your (the supporters’) concerns. If elected, I would try my best to put forward your views to the board and would not be afraid of addressing contentious issues.
I have been a Bath City supporter for over 50 years, rarely missing a home or away fixture since moving back to the west country and I have become closely connected with various supporters’ groups and events in the past 15 years. In my roles on the Society committee and in particular as secretary and away travel organiser of the Supporters Club, I have liaised closely with the members of those two groups. This has been related to such things as supporters meetings, newsletters, meeting former players, fundraising events, surveys, awards and advertising trips. Some of these have also necessitated liaison with BCFC and other clubs, especially during the two seasons spent in the Conference Premier League when visiting those who had very particular requirements for visiting supporters such as segregation, ground regulations and police requests.
More recently I have also been a member of the Big Bath City Bid team and this has required me to communicate with the wider supporter base and community and also with members of the existing and new boards. The team was composed of a mixture of existing supporters and some who were very new to the club. I felt it was important that the interests of Bath City supporters were heard, such as helping to ensure that the minimum price for community shares was not set too high.
I feel that the above experiences would help me to fulfil the vital task of liaising with supporters and the board, while showing that I possess the commitment necessary to be a board member.
My job as a teacher regularly involved listening to the requests and concerns of children and their parents and I feel that I can bring the skills acquired to this new role. I certainly believe that the only way to resolve conflict is through dialogue but I feel that I could also act proactively so that potential problems were resolved at a very early stage. However, I feel when necessary I would be able to represent the views of supporters to the other directors and feed back the board’s views on issues raised.
I hope that those who know me and the members of the two supporters groups will agree that I possess the qualities and skills required for this role and that I can provide the important link between the club and its supporters.
I have supported City since the 1950s. In the late 1990s, I became involved with the Independent Supporters Club (eventually the Supporters Society), looking at the worrying position of one majority owner. I helped to set up the Society in 2001, when it became possible to take over the club. This was only partly successful and was marvellously rescued by 3 very committed board members who made large loans to buy the club from the majority owner.
I have fully supported the new takeover by supporters, initially being on the Big Bath City Bid team. I am really looking forward to the new board, with its expertise in business and local community contact, making essential changes to various aspects of the club. I am very open to new ideas for improvements and do not say ‘things have always been done this way!’ It is encouraging that supporters will now have a say in what happens, which has not previously been the case.
I am not applying for this post to give me ‘power’, but I have always been committed to helping supporters. This has included giving my views on special tickets (for families, youth etc), helping fans who felt that they had been treated badly, and helping disabled people get a better view of the match (I built the disabled area on the popular side). I liaise with all the staff.
I enjoy working with the Bath City Foundation, Bath City Youth and University Freshers Fairs, to widen the appeal of the club.
I have been heavily involved in communication from the club, setting up the database of email addresses (now over 1000), which helped me to circulate the first newsletter 7 years ago. I monitor the official email system and always reply very promptly. I also help to run the club’s google calendar and the Facebook pages. I have always been very supportive of the Supporters Club’s excellent contributions, and have always paid to travel with them on the coach to away matches. I remain the proof reader of the club’s programme, having been the editor previously.
Whether I am elected or not, I intend to continue my voluntary work at the club, which includes regular maintenance (along with the special group of volunteers), improvements of the ground and repairing things like the floodlights, toilets, heating etc, and making sure that money is not wasted at the club.