Bath City Supporters Society

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About Bath City Supporters Society

Bath City Supporters Society works with Bath City FC and in the community, providing an independent voice for City fans.

The Society is a membership-driven organisation that exists to represent the views and concerns of our member supporters.

It originally formed in 2003 to enable dedicated supporters of Bath City to acquire substantial community ownership of the club.

We are now the single largest shareholder in Bath City FC, and so will have a key role to play in deciding the club’s future.

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Community Share Certificates now available!

Community share certificates from the Big Bath City Bid are finally available for collection - thank you for your patience.

For pledgers with BA1 or BA2 postcodes, your certificates can be collected from the Club Shop from the Saturday 25 February match against Ebbsfleet until the last home match of the season. After this, they will be posted to you. (This is to save postage).

For all other pledgers, your certificates will be posted before the end of February.

If there are any problems with your certificate, please contact us on bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com.

We are working on the other Big Bath City Bid benefits including the badge and will update you on this soon.

Thank you again for supporting the Big Bath City Bid and making Bath City FC a majority community-owned club!

Bath City FC to host landmark football community ownership event

Fans' organisation Supporters Direct has chosen Twerton Park, home of Bath City FC, for a launch event of a new national network of community-owned football clubs.

The event, on Thursday 23 February, will bring together community-owned clubs from across the South West to discuss how local football can create positive social outcomes. Amongst the clubs attending will be community owned Merthyr Town who will share how their club went from being liquidated in 2010 under private ownership to being named UEFA's grassroots club of the year five years later.

James Mathie, Head of Club Development at Supporters Direct, said:

"We are delighted to be kicking off these network meetings for community owned sports clubs at Bath City. Following a tremendous campaign which won the hearts of Bath and Romans supporters it seems like the perfect place to bring together clubs at different stages of their journey. We hope the network will get clubs better connected to share ideas as well as inspire more to follow this increasingly popular path.”

The event comes as democratic members organisation Bath City Supporters Society prepares to take a majority stake in Bath City FC, having raised over £350,000 last September in a community share offer.

Nick Blofeld, chair-elect of Bath City FC, said:

"We're very heartened by the support we've received from Supporters Direct and other community-owned clubs. It's vital for us to learn from the experiences, both positive and negative, of clubs who have already been on this journey."

Since achieving the fundraising target, representatives from Bath City Supporters Society have held discussions with community-owned clubs Lewes FC, Cork City FC and FC United of Manchester, as well as attending SD Europe's fan ownership summit in Malmo, Sweden, last November.

The national network programme is funded by Power To Change, a national organisation that supports community businesses.

Volunteering at Bath City FC

With Bath City FC about to enter into majority community ownership, we’re now asking people to help us hit the ground running by volunteering their time, creativity, skills and expertise.

Volunteering at Bath City FC is also a great way to build your own skills and experience and meet more people in the local community.

We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for new and existing volunteers to contribute in a way that fits around their lives. This means you don’t have to join a committee to make a positive difference!

We’re organising volunteer activity into six working groups: community, redevelopment, marketing & promotions (1000BC), commercial, operations and football.

There are three main ways to play your part as a volunteer:

1. Get in touch for a one-off chat with one of our working group coordinators. You may have some professional expertise or advice that you want to share, or perhaps you can put the club in touch with useful contacts.

2. Offer to carry out tasks at a time that suits you. If you have a couple of hours to spare here and there but don’t want to commit to meetings, you can help the club with regular or one-off tasks such as graphic design, market research, delivering flyers, copywriting or ground maintenance.

3. Apply to become a core member of a working group. We need people with relevant experience to support the working group coordinators by taking responsibility for the strategic direction and organisation of the working groups’ activity. This will require a bit more time, effort and meetings, but it’s also the best way to make a real mark on the club’s future.

To learn more about how you can help the working groups, please visit our new volunteer page. If you’d like to help but you’re not sure where to start, get in touch with us at volunteerbathcity@gmail.com.

The club will also create the position of Volunteer and Partnership Officer to act as a first point of contact for those who would like to volunteer and liaise with the working group coordinators.

If you would like to apply for this role, please read the role description here and apply by 16 February. This role will be filled on an interim basis by Society board member Oliver Holtaway.

Happy Christmas and New Year from Bath City FC

We'd like to wish all Bath City FC supporters a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

This has been a year of significant change for Bath City FC. The incoming club board and Supporters Society board are excited about the club's prospects for 2017, both on and off the pitch.

We want to take this opportunity to update you on our progress towards becoming a majority community-owned club.

The incoming nine-member club board has now met twice, in an effort to maintain momentum and build strong and effective working relationships as we wait for the necessary legal documents to be finalised.

The next major step will be to hold a club AGM to formally approve and execute the change of ownership. We are very close to having the necessary documentation and legal agreements in place to move ahead with this.

However, there may be a slight delay in calling the AGM as we are now in discussions with two social lenders concerning the provision of new loan facilities to refinance a portion of the Club’s existing debt, as part of the change of ownership. These discussions should be concluded by the end of January (although there can be no guarantee the discussions will be successful at this point).

With this in mind, we expect to be able to formally announce the date of the forthcoming club AGM by mid to late January.

Once the change of ownership is complete, we will be in a stronger position to move the planned redevelopment forward and launch a consultation and engagement programme to allow members, supporters and the wider community to have their say.

Finally, we have been focusing more and more on developing the club's volunteer and working group structure as the formal change of ownership approaches. We plan to launch this in January - it's a vital element of the community club's future growth and we need to get it right. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has been in touch to offer their time, skills and expertise - you will hear from us soon. if you would like to volunteer for the club in 2017 and have not yet been in touch, please email us at bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com.

Best wishes

Paul Williams (Chair, Bath City FC)
Nick Blofeld (Chair-elect, Bath City FC)
Martin Powell (Chair, Supporters Society)

Save money and support your club this Christmas

Hello

Firstly we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our members for your support in 2016 and here's to a great 2017 both on and off the pitch.

As we move towards Community Ownership a key area we're looking at is the growth of attendances and that is why we are pleased to announce new ways to save and support your club which you can now buy securely and safely online at the new store: www.bathcityfcshop.com, over the phone 01225 423087, or for half season tickets download a form and pay by post or bank transfer.

Half Season Ticket - perfect if you go to pretty much every game anyway or just didn't get round to buying a season ticket in the summer - you'll save up to £33 and show your commitment to the Club.

Festive Five - perhaps you can't make it to every game, but you know you'll get along whenever you can. Or maybe you're new to the Club, attracted by Community Ownership. This is a great way to be involved and is completely flexible meaning you can share the tickets among friends or family or other members.

Gary Owers Matchday Package - for the real aficionado - this gives unique access to our manager less than an hour before kick-off. Find out exactly what his pre-match plans are and the inside story on team selection.

The 12 members of the Society Committee are always on the look out for new ideas so please share them with us on the terraces, via email, Facebook or Twitter and get involved in your club!

All the best

James Carlin

Bath City Supporters Society Committee

Minutes of the IGM

Good evening

The minutes of this weeks IGM have now been published on our website and include the full elections results for the Supporter Liaison Officer vote. The minutes had to be signed off by the committee at last night's meeting before being made available. Please click on the PDF file entitled '2016 IGM Minutes November' via the link below.

http://www.bathcitysociety.org/minutes-and-meeting-reports.html

We hope to see you at our home game versus Basingstoke tomorrow afternoon

All the best

James Carlin

Bath City Supporters Society Committee

Candidates' Statements for Election of Supporter Liaison Officer

  • ELECTED CANDIDATE TO SERVE UNTIL THE 2018 SOCIETY AGM
  • INDIVIDUALISED VOTING LINK TO FOLLOW IN SEPARATE EMAIL

JON BLAIN

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.

MARTIN POWELL

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.

PHIL WEAVER

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.

Agenda and Voting for Supporters Society Interim General Meeting (21 November)

The 2016 Interim General Meeting (IGM) of the Bath City Supporters Society will take place at 7pm on Monday 21 November, in Randall’s Bar at Twerton Park.

Agenda

1. Apologies.

2. Minutes of the AGM on 23 June 2016

3. Election of Supporter Liaison Officer – voting

4. Community Ownership update

5. Convening of the Constitutional and Democracy Working Group

6. Election of Supporter Liaison Officer – result

7. AOB

Elections for Supporter Liaison Officer

We have received three nominations for the one vacancy available. Candidates' statements will follow an a separate email.

We will be offering a simple online voting system for those who wish to vote electronically.

All members who have provided us with an email address will shortly receive an email from “Helios Voting Administrator” – this will give you a code that will allow you to vote securely and privately. Please check your junk folder if you do not receive this today, and contact us if you have any further problems with online voting.

If you prefer to vote by postal ballot or by proxy please let us know at bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com.

And you can of course vote in person at the IGM itself.

Motions

We have not received any motions for debate.
When
21 Nov 2016 at 7:00pm
until 21 Nov 2016 at 9:00pm
Where
Twerton Park
Twerton
Bath
BA2 1DB

Nominations open for Supporter Liaison Officer

We are seeking nominations for a Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO). The SLO will sit on the board of Bath City FC and serve as an important link between the club and its fans on supporter issues.

Candidates can nominate themselves and must provide a 200-400 word candidate statement. Please complete and submit your nomination form by Friday 4 November.

CLICK HERE to read a full role description and CLICK HERE to download a nomination form. These can also be found at www.bathcitysociety.org/news.

The SLO ensures that fans with a close affinity to the club have the opportunity to contact the club, receive answers to questions and communicate any requests or concerns regarding supporter issues.

Key tasks include:

  • Acting as the first point of contact for supporters on supporter issues, listening to the requests and concerns of fans and communicating these requests and concerns to the club.
  • Maintaining a presence among the fans at most (ideally all) home and away matches.
  • Attending club board meetings and advising the board on supporter matters.
  • Acting as a full member of the board, taking part in the collective responsibility for the strategic direction of the club.
  • Communicating the position of the board on supporter issues to fans and informing fans of the board’s point of view and rationale for decisions.
  • Through constant dialogue with both the club board and supporters, assessing critically whether the club is on the right track in terms of its supporter policy, and advising accordingly.
  • Where there are fundamental differences of opinion between the club and the fans that could lead to an escalation, taking steps to resolve these differences by way of dialogue.


“Supporter issues” means the issues and concerns arising from the experience of attending or otherwise following home and away matches. This can include, but is not limited to, ticket prices, access, matchday experience, away travel, information sharing, segregation, opportunities to “meet the manager” etc.

The election will be held in accordance with the Society's election policy, which can be found here.

Student Ambassador

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing football fan to become the University of Bath/Bath Spa University Brand Ambassador for Bath City Football Club. The role is to provide the bridge between your local Club and the students and staff at the University, publicising matches and events and building ongoing relationships.

Bath City FC play in the Vanarama Conference South, two divisions below League football, with a high standard of competitive semi-professional football and average crowds of 650, rising to 1000-1500 for bigger matches. The Club is in the process of converting to Community Ownership following a successful community share offer that attracted over 600 people to invest in excess of £300,000 in the new-look club. These are exciting times and a new era of openness and direct involvement will welcome the Brand Ambassador.

This is an exciting opportunity that will ask you to use all relevant official and unofficial University and student community media channels to promote matches and events at Bath City. Whether that’s social media, face-to-face, leafleting, screens in foyers etc, newspapers or whatever – you’ll be the public face of the Club on your campus and beyond.

In return we offer you the chance to become an integral part of a high profile football club. You’ll have direct access to the Club’s Marketing Director and the opportunity to build a unique portfolio of marketing and promotions activity that will leap from your CV.

You should be creative, energetic, determined, committed and have a passion for football. Apply by emailing jon.bickley@anthem-publishing.com telling us why you’d be a great Ambassador and what you would do to raise the profile of Bath City at the University of Bath/Bath Spa