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Tuesday, 10th April 2018 9:36am

MARCH 2018 UPDATE

- SFA Club Licensing Criteria
Considerable work has been undertaken in this area in recent weeks, in preparation for the SFA audit next month.

- Medical Team
The club has achieved silver status within this criteria and this represents the playing squad having access to enhanced medical support not only on matchdays but also during the week.

- Children and Wellbeing Requirements
With the club having a small number of under-18 players, this requirement was traditionally less taxing for the club but this year there has been an enhanced enforcement of this by the SFA and SPFL and the club has put in place the necessary policies and procedures. For the club this has also been the joining of Disclosure Scotland, the establishment of specific roles e.g. Lead and Authorised signatories and a Child and wellbeing Officer. A series of regular Children Network meetings are also a requirement.

- Stadium
Various meetings have also been held in regard to ensuring that Broadwood retains its bronze criteria. This includes maintenance and upgrading of the floodlighting system and the playing surface.

- Stadium Development
Significant time and work has been spent on the refurbishment of the new Bar 58 area and the establishment of the Arria Lounge, which will be launched at the Awards night on the 14th April. This facility will provide the club not only with an enhanced space to host hospitality but also the potential to earn regular income on non matchdays, as the spaces hosts private functions and conferences.

- Kit Supplier
Meetings have been held to identify a new kit supplier for the 2018-19 season and this will be announced when a deal is completed with the preferred provider.

- New Season Preparations
Work ongoing to identify shirt sponsors for all three of the new playing kits. Discussions are about to conclude on 'walk up' and season ticket pricing for 2018-19.

- Playing Squad
Ongoing meetings are being held as the club prepares for the 2018-19 season. This has been wide ranging from discussing playing budget, pre-season preparations, training lets and of course meetings with the manager as he considers the playing squad.

- Awards Night and Legends Lunch
A series of meetings have been held to prepare for both events and to work to ensure that these are memorable occasions for supporters.

Tuesday, 6th February 2018 11:01am

- January 2018

Following the notice of complaint from the SFA in regards to Ally Love’s alleged breach of rule 202, the club has held several meetings with the player as he prepares to attend the tribunal. In addition to this the club met its obligations in its communications with the SFA Compliance Officer.

The club met with SFA Child Wellbeing and Protection Manager to discuss implementation and maintaining of the appropriate policies and procedures at the club. This will include the appointment of a club child protection and wellbeing officer as well as ensuring club staff and officials undertake the appropriate training. This is to ensure compliance for the 2018 SFA Club Licensing audit.

Discussions were ongoing with potential kit suppliers for the 2018-19 season.

Much focus was placed up on the first team playing squad this month, during the duration of the transfer window. This work started on New Year’s day with the signing of Ally Love and was completed with the signing of Dylan Cogill and Jack Boyle from Huddersfield on 31st January. The latter two are an example of how transfers require to follow strict procedures; as both players played in England, the temporary transfer required agreement between both clubs and both the English FA and the Scottish FA before the required paperwork was approved and the players were eligible for the squad. Similarly the signing of Stephane Kipre required the club to secure inter-national clearance from the French FA. The club also was in regular contact with the SFA Registration Department to ensure that the protocol and the rules regarding the varied types of loans/transfers were met.

Football admin also takes the fore with regards to the Under-20s side. The management team are busy building the squad for the second half of the development campaign and as such trialists are being used in these matches. Before featuring a trialist the appropriate forms have to be completed and submitted to the SPFL prior to the game to allow the individual player to play.

During the month the club was represented at the SPFL General Meeting and Glasgow FA meetings.
There were several meetings regarding the redevelopment of the new Arria lounge and hospitality area within Broadwood, as work commences to improve the matchday experience for supporters.

The winter weather brings its challenges not only on matchdays but also on training. Regularly throughout the month of January a significant amount of time was spent in securing alternative training lets to ensure that match preparation was not disrupted during the cold snap.

Finally, we were delighted to welcome back club volunteers James Turnbull, Andy Muir and Allan Wilson, while also welcoming John Boyce, with one former and long serving volunteer also preparing to return to assist on matchdays.