Report from Nick Rogers, Chairman, Brakes Trust
The Brakes Trust continues in its aims to represent the fans, support the club and maintain a strong relationship with the wider community.
Our membership represents a healthy proportion of the fan base, which has been consulted and kept informed over key issues – including the Club’s dealings with the District Council with regard to the possible move to a new ground. This included a members’ ballot regarding the vote in the Club’s EGM in December – where the result was in-line with that of the majority of our balloted members.
As well as donations made to the Club via the Trust’s members’ draw and the Brakes Lottery,
we have increased our shareholding in the Club to 375 shares by purchasing another £1,000 worth of shares. This puts us possibly among the top 20 shareholdings – although there is still a long way to go.
We have worked on a number of community activities both as the Trust and also together with the Club – including cementing the community partnership with Co-operative Energy. The final proceeds from Citizen of the Year 2014 allowed us to donate £800 to Macmillan Cancer Support and £600 to Side by Side Theatre during the year. We also facilitated a donation of £52 from the fans’ Punditry competition to the Graham Fulford Trust.
We maintained our membership of Supporters Direct and the Community Transport Association. As a result of the latter we were made aware of the Department for Transport’s Community Minibus Scheme, to which we applied last December. We heard in March that our application was successful and we await the arrival of a brand new minibus. Meanwhile we continue to provide a travel service for fans for both home and away matches with our current minibus.
We held the annual ‘Copa del NWG’ fans’ football match after the end of the 2014 season and then engaged in several community events, including the Peace Festival, Warwickshire Pride, Whitnash and Lillington Fun Days – promoting the Club with the help of Co-operative Energy and a generous number of complimentary tickets for pre-season friendly matches from the Club.
On the financial side we continue to keep our unallocated working capital above £1,000, while the minibus operation is self funding with a degree of contingency.
My thanks must go to my fellow board members, past and present as well as our excellent secretary and treasurer for all of their hard work during the past year.
Nick Rogers, 26 November 2015.