By | March 19, 2013


Shahid Azeem
On 18 March the Shot’s Trust Board of Directors had their monthly meeting and on this occasion were delighted when new Club Chairman, Shahid Azeem, joined them for part of the meeting.

Terry Owens welcomed the Shots Chairman and introduced the Board members. Ian Goodwright outlined the role of the Trust and highlighted some of the many projects undertaken in the recent past including the High Street end toilets, the electronic scoreboard, the installation of the Phoenix Lounge extractor unit and the £5000 contribution to the new Community Stand.

Shahid thanked the Trust for welcoming him and pledged continuing and further co-operation, especially in respect of going out to meet and involve the community, including the Army. He also agreed to attend the Trust’s AGM and a Trust Director would be welcomed to parts of the Club’s Board Meetings. All welcomed Shahid’s enthusiasm and willingness to co-operate.

Other business included the following:-

There was now a total membership of 507 with 233 adults, 195 seniors, 58 juniors, 20 life members and 1 patron. The new Manager and his Assistant had agreed to join the Trust and stated all contracted players would join after 1 July. It is also hoped that all 185 members of the Junior Shots would have membership of the Shots Trust included in their registrations in August. We could have well over 700 members by the start of the new season.

With the postponement of the official opening of the new Community Stand due to the wet ground conditions it is hoped to have the ceremony at the Oxford game on 1 April. This will however depend on the conditions improving to allow for access of the heavy lifting equipment.

The Trust is planning two fund-raising events this summer – a professional darts evening, and ex-AFC striker and TV pundit, Steve Claridge, has been secured by Terry Owens as the guest speaker at an informal Sportsman’s Dinner in the Phoenix Lounge on Friday 3 May. Tickets will be £20 each, to include a curry dinner, and will be on sale shortly. It will be first-come-first-served, so watch this space for further details.

A new Phoenix mascot costume is to be available by the start of the new season and we are promised it will have a friendlier face! The old one is nearing the end of its life but would still make a great feature in a pub or club – any offers? The new one is costing £2000.

As the Shots Trust membership fees have been comparatively low, a proposed increase is to be put to the AGM in June. So now is the time to upgrade to a five-year deal or lifetime membership and to get your family and friends to join.

The Player of the Year voting forms will be available at the Oxford and Southend games and on-line, with the trophy to be presented at the final home game versus Dagenham and Redbridge.

We need a couple of quick wins – but why not!

Come on the Shots.

Peter Bridgeman

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