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Friday, 2nd June 2017 3:39pm

The close season continues to be a very busy time and this week has been no exception.

- Monday
Meetings in regards to finalising the 2017-18 budget.
Discussions also took place with clubs regarding potential friendlies.
Final on-boarding interviews were held as the club expands and refreshes its Digital Media Team.
A meeting was held to discuss new match day initiatives and the re-introduction of a Family Section within the Main Stand.
All Season Ticket packages were confirmed and the design approved for the new Season Ticket voucher books, the new Executive Club membership card and the youth Season ticket card.

- Tuesday
The manager and chairman met to discuss player retention, recruitment and the player budget for the new season.
Later that day, meetings took place with available members of the first team squad.
The SFA Club Licensing Audit visit was also held on Tuesday. This comprehensive half-day audit is designed to ensure club compliance with a range of requirements in which all aspects of the club are examined and considered, from stadium criteria to staff qualifications and also other aspects such as medical support for the club and matchday experiences for disability access.

- Wednesday
Additional meetings in regards to signing targets
A meeting was also held to review last season’s commercial activities and to update targets/activities and new initiatives for 2017-18.

- Thursday
A meeting was held with the manager to discuss current signing targets, but also to focus on reviewing a range of procedures affecting all members of staff, players and directors. Agreed matchday and training arrangements.
The day was concluded with an owners meeting at Broadwood, at which new chairman Norrie Innes outlined his vision for the club and the immediate priorities for the season ahead.

- Friday
Preparation for Monday's board meeting and an eye on the Betfred Cup draw later, which may impact on potential friendlies arranged.
The club will also be represented at a graduation event at a local school, following the conclusion of another successful Community Foundation project.

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 5:13pm

Last week was dominated by the recruitment of the first team manager.

In order to streamline the process, a working group was established and delegated by the board to make the necessary recommendation. The criteria for the post was confirmed and, after the deadline for applications, potential interviewees were shortlisted at a meeting on Monday evening.

Interviews with each of the shortlisted candidates were then arranged throughout the remainder of the week, with the working group being in a position to make a recommendation to the club board on Saturday morning.

A joint communication release with Annan Athletic was agreed to announce the appointment of Jim Chapman on Saturday afternoon, while the process of contacting unsuccessful candidates continued.

An additional meeting was held with Jim on Sunday, firstly to confirm arrangements to meet with the current first team squad and secondly to discuss preparations for pre-season training.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017 11:39am

The deadline for applications for the first team manager position closed yesterday.
A meeting was then held to consider all of the applications in detail. Interviews with the shortlisted candidates are currently being scheduled for this week as the recruitment process continues.

Thursday, 11th May 2017 6:08pm

In the closing stages of the season, football matters, for obvious reason, dominated meetings with all support given to staff and players to enable the right preparation for the remaining matches.

Following the conclusion of the season, operations meetings were held on Monday and Wednesday this week alongside other activity. To summarise:-

Monday - confirmed specification for first team manager role and agreed timescales for the recruitment process. The meeting, which was chaired by Norrie Innes, also focussed on the budget for 2017-18. Meetings were also held with NLL in preparation for the SFA Club Audit, which includes a stadium inspection.

Tuesday - Community Foundation continued its partnership work with club sponsors Advance Construction and local schools. A meeting also held by trustees, with significant progress made in identifying additional external funding, which we hope to announce in due course.

Wednesday - a further operations meeting held, with an update on location and progress report with regards to interest in the managerial post. A further update was given to this board sub-group on the forthcoming SFA Club Audit which takes place later in May.

Thursday - continued preparations by the organisers of the club's Annual Golf Day at Westerwood.

Thursday, 20th April 2017 9:13am

Club directors are today meeting with our kit supplier, Only Sport Ltd, to finalise playing kit arrangements for next Season.

A meeting is also being held with the affiliated under-17s boys club, to discuss strategy for next season.

Wednesday, 19th April 2017 2:01pm

The club responded to request from Police Scotland today regarding our match with Forfar. This is a standard request and with relevant info given prior to each away fixture, as follows:-

1. Estimate of travelling support
2. Any supporters coaches and/or minibuses making the trip
3. Any previous issues with opposition
4. Any other factors Police Scotland should be aware of

Previous matches between the opposition and recent games are taken in to consideration by the Police as they plan ahead.

Thursday, 13th April 2017 7:34pm

Yesterday, club officials met with Glasgow Life to discuss potential location sites within their area.

Thursday, 30th March 2017 8:14pm

SPFL Membership

SPFL Membership Criteria for all SPFL Clubs, Scottish Highland Football League Clubs, Scottish Lowland Football League Clubs issued for season 2017/18 and this highlights changes in regulations from 2015/16.
Information requires to be noted and where necessary implemented to ensure no breach occurs. The appropriate data and evidence will be collated and forwarded to the SPFL. The information included direction on; regulations in regard to synthetic pitches, unacceptable conduct, financial fair play, winter pitch protection, stadium requirements.

Key dates for compliance:-

31 March 2017 – the date by which the Financial Disclosure Requirements (Appendix 3 of the SPFL Rules) must be complied with by Clubs and Candidate Club.

31 March 2017 – the date on which the ground which a Club or Candidate Club intends to Register as its Home Ground for Season 2017/2018 is required to meet the SPFL Membership Criteria relating to stadia in Rule D4.4.

31 March 2017 – the last date for the making to the SPFL of an application for approval of a basis of tenure or occupation, other than ownership, in relation to a Clubs’ and the Candidate Club’s prospective Registered Ground for Season 2017/2018.

31 March 2017 - the last date for making an application to the SPFL for a waiver, relaxation or period of grace by Clubs and the Candidate Club in relation to all or any part of the Membership Criteria for Season 2017/2018.

31 March 2017 – the last date for the making to the SPFL of an application by Clubs and the Candidate Club for approval of the use of a specified synthetic or artificial playing surface and pitch in League Matches and Play-Off Match for Season 2017/2018.

1 June 2017 – the last date for registration or deemed registration with the SPFL of a Clubs’ or the Candidate Club’s Home Ground for Season 2017/2018.

Wednesday, 29th March 2017 10:38am

Supporter Liaison Officer
Discussions are being held with Supporters Direct - this role is being promoted by the football authorities with presentations being held to clubs to encourage the development of this specific role in Scotland.

Events Management
Discussion and meetings have been held with volunteers to look at enhancing how club manages and delivers events to improve income generation. This includes looking at a potential role for the Foundation.

Community Foundation
Meetings have been held to ensure continued sustainability of Foundation activities as the Carbon Clyde project finishes. Activities include a new Easter Camp programme at Stepps, which has had an encouraging take up. Junior Academy, Pre-School and After School programmes continue with additional programmes in the pipeline.

NLL
The quarterly meeting was held with the Chief Executive of NLL.

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 12:15pm

Management Team

Meetings are being held on a regular basis with management team to provide necessary support and guidance in new roles, with our new chairman being a regular visitor to the training ground.
With the departure of the backroom team there has been considerable work to identify new staff to ensure appropriate first team support is in place. This has included recruitment of new physiotherapist support and identification of a new kit manager.
Discussions have also taken place regarding player registration deadline procedures for both loan and trialist players.

General Manager

Development of a post to assume responsibility for ensuring the efficient delivery of day-to-day operations of the football club, giving priority to line management of support staff and being lead contact for stadium management issues including safety officer duties and matchday matters. The post will also be the lead in ensuring compliance with SFA National Club Licensing and oversee the delivery of specific projects as directed by the board.

Under-20s

Discussions ongoing into sustainability and integration of under-20s model.

Strict Liability

SPFL Response to James Dornan MSP | Football (Strict Liability) (Scotland) Bill Consultation was received and supported by the club.