MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE HTSA COMMITTEE, HELD ON TUESDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2014
PRESENT: Rachael Gomersall (RG) Steve King (SK)
Robert Pepper (RP) James Fryer (JF)
Andy Pollard (AP) Sian Patrick (SP)
John Sealey (JS) Trevor Whitehead (TW)
Stephen Booth (SB)
1. APOLOGIES ACTION
2. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING – Accepted as read.
3. MATTERS ARISING –
• Statue and Memorabilia – Meeting took place between TW, SB and a lady from the Heritage Council in Leeds to enquire about applying for funding for a Museum / to have Statue as part of the Heritage Project (through the Heritage Lottery fund)
HTSA would be expected to donate around 5% however it was felt that we would have a stronger case if this was not purely football based.
The lady who TW and SB saw had an idea to have a Museum on a double decker bus – where it could be taken round the community
The following topics were also raised:-
• Setting up a subsidiary company to get memorabilia, statue and museum
• Applying for a smaller grant in order to setup memorabilia
• Creating a ‘Virtual’ museum on the internet and see how many hits it gets (as an initial way of measuring interest)
• Renaming of Stadium Way to Herbert Chapman Way
4. CLUB RELATIONSHIP/SLO
SLO – The Football League paid for the Supporters Direct expert on SLO’s to come over from Germany (where he is based) plus another SLO from Sweden to give advice as to how SLO’s should operate
There was a meeting held (where Anne Hough from HTFC was listed however we do not know if she attended). RP is going to speak to Anne and try and gain feedback.
Topic of greater involvement / running of supporters at football clubs as part of the Labour party, and other parties manifestos.
RP had a meeting with Nigel Clibbens and about fan ownership and engagement and advised that we would go back to the club with a list of Supporter Groups for HTFC
Fulham trip was disastrous in terms of assistance from Fulham stewards helping disabled and less able Town fans.
RG did a marvellous job in terms of giving assistance to these fans – she spoke to the disability officer at Fulham and went through the procedure, the disability SLO failed to help and was not forthcoming in getting the disabled Town fans back to the coaches after the match so RG took on the task.
We are in the process of documenting the problems as fully as possible and have invited Fulham FC to make their own comments. We are also conferring with the Football Supporters Federation to ascertain how widespread these experiences are.
RP to contact Amanda Jacks at the FSF about this
RG advises that she was informed where some fans had purchased tickets first, these were the worst view in the ground
Ongoing thanks to TW and RG for their tireless work on Travel
RP, TW, RG
6. FUND RAISING
HTSA has donated £100 to the Isaac Nash Trust and also became a dedicated charity partner.
There are still Isaac Nash wristbands for sale at £1 each
JS has emailed a copy of the Finance Summary breakdown for the last 3 months to committee members.
JS is keen to do finances with online banking in future
It is RP’s intention to relinquish HTSA duties next year
It is SK’s intention to relinquish HTSA duties next year
Committee stressed to both SK and RP how much of an important role they play and have therefore asked them both to re-consider – they suggested that they would re-consider and will try to come to some arrangement
Supporters Direct are enrolling courses – RP has more info
TW gives thanks for sprucing up the cabin
Cabin rota was discussed
9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
JS asked TW about old Leeds Road seats
JS to ask the MD of PPG via Sean Jarvis for some paint for the seats
9. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 8th December 2014.