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Wednesday, 10th October 2018 6:44pm

SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE

• The transfer window may have closed but there remains plenty of activity in addition to matchdays. Bounce games with local junior sides are being arranged in order to keep players on the fringe of first team duty match fit, with several trialists being brought in to supplement the squad.

• SPFL meetings have been attended, including the club being represented on the Competitions Working Group that reviews all SPFL Cup and League competitions, as well as planning for the future. This includes planning for the fixture calendar, Betfred Cup and the IRN-BRU Cup.

• Following an incident in the match v Annan Athletic, the Club attended an SFA disciplinary tribunal due to being charged with a breach of rule 204 (where three or more players and/or members of Team Staff from one team are involved in a confrontation with opposing players and/or members of Team Staff of the opposing team during and/or directly after a match). The club was required to prepare its case including video footage and appear in person in front of the panel to discuss the charge. The outcome of the tribunal was a £250 fine suspended until end of season 2018-19.

• Discussions continue with the club's kit supplier to ensure kit supplied for first team is accurate and sufficient to the needs of the players and coaching staff. Also working on ways to broaden sales to supporters and community.

• Monthly board meetings continue to be held to ensure robust monitoring of budget income and expenditure in addition to other governance matters.

• Development of Arria Lounge provision continues as club works with NLL to help maximise its income. This has included opening up on Saturday mornings to provide snacks/refreshments to spectators attending the children and youth matches held at Broadwood.

• A series of meetings and discussions being held with various potential commercial partners who wish to align themselves with the club.

• Continued efforts are being made to sell sponsorship and maximise sales including hospitality and match, player, ball sponsorship and the Christmas Raffle.

• Meetings held to review training facilities and enhance match preparation

• The Club attended the Child Protection and Wellbeing Officers Network meeting co-ordinated by the SFA. This is held quarterly and is mandatory for all clubs. This includes working through the recommendations from the SFA Interim report on Child Abuse. The club has appointed a Child Wellbeing and Protection officer and a task group to oversee this area of work has commenced. This group will oversee policy and practice but also have responsibility to compile an action plan to implement the required 51 recommendations for SPFL clubs.

• The club received confirmation that it has successfully retained its SFA Club Licensing Bronze Status following the audit visit in June.

• The club attended the North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention event in Ravenscraig with all the other senior sides in North Lanarkshire.

• Work continues within the Foundation as agreements are reached with a number of schools to deliver training and educational programmes in the forthcoming school year. Preparation for October Camps are in place and the community football teams are all in action as their league and cup campaigns get underway

• Agreement has been reached to integrate all community activities - e.g. Cumbernauld and Toryglen community football and Powerchair - under the banner of the club's charitable foundation. The process is now being agreed to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth transition and continue to build on the good work that is taking place.