Co-operative Newsletter – August 2014

The latest newsletter containing articles from the new Under-16 Team Manager and the Youth Team Manager, can be downloaded here

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Parliamentary debate on non-league football

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, has secured a debate on the floor of the House of Commons on the 4th September focusing entirely on the Future of Non-League Football
Jesse has himself seen what happens when football clubs aren’t owned and run properly, and when leagues and governing bodies can’t or won’t intervene, having witnessed the slow and painful decline of his local club, Hereford United.
Jesse is hoping the debate will cover:

  • The Football Association and the Owners and Directors Test – how inadequate it is particularly at non-league level, where the policing of clubs is so difficult.
  • The role of coops and supporters’ trusts
  • The role of HMRC
  • The Football Creditors’ Rule
  • Financial viability of football clubs, particularly those that have recently been relegated
  • Transparency of club ownership
  • The work of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee on football governance – and the Government’s response

The Club has been subject to relegations, ground closures, and a boycott in place for several weeks from the near 1000 strong Hereford United Supporters Trust and its membership under its now former owner, Tommy Agombar, who finally failed the FA’s Owners and Directors Test.
The debate is important because it focuses on an area – non-league football – where Supporters Direct has made significant strides since it was formed in 2000, but which often suffers through lack of attention in the mainstream media.
If you want to contact your local MP, head to They Work for You and fire off an email. Here’s a suggested text:

Dear Marcus Jones MP,

I am writing to you because I want you to support Jesse Norman MPs debate, ‘The Future of Non-League Football’ which will take place on the floor of the House of Commons.

Given how important small, local football clubs are to their local communities – at whatever level they play at – I think this is an issue that you will care about too.

Jesse is hoping the debate will cover:

  • The Football Association and the Owners and Directors Test – how inadequate it is particularly at non-league level, where the policing of clubs is so difficult.
  • The role of co-ops and supporters’ trusts
  • The role of HMRC
  • The Football Creditors’ Rule
  • Financial viability of football clubs, particularly those that have recently been relegated
  • Transparency of club ownership
  • The work of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee on football governance – and the Government’s response

We hope you can be part of the debate on the day.

Perhaps you could even pop in and speak to your local MP at one of their regular surgeries, usually held on Fridays in the constituency.

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Supporters’ Co-operative Corporate Sponsors

We would like to thank all our corporate sponsors, who appear below. Please click on the logo to access our sponsors’ sites.

The logo of Nationwide Platforms, members of The Lavendon Group and corporate sponsors of Nuneaton Town Supporters' Co-operative

Nationwide specialises in the hire and sale of powered access equipment in the UK, providing efficient and safe access solutions for people working at height.

We are committed to providing a standard of product and service that is far superior to that of any competitor.  Nationwide Access operates a modern rental fleet of self-propelling scissor lifts, boom lifts and truck mounted platforms which are designed to place workers, their tools and materials efficiently and quickly into elevated work areas that otherwise would have to be reached by using traditional access methods including ladders, scaffolding or other devices.

Phoenix Fireplaces Corporate Sponsors of Nuneaton Town Supporters' Co-operative

Phoenix are a local company providing a complete advice and fitting service for a large selection of surrounds and suites in wood, marble, stone, limestone and Victorian casts.

Phoenix have live showroom displays of gas and electric fires and also offer gas fire and boiler servicing, central heating, free quotations (terms and conditions apply), and are Gas Safe Registered Engineers. Friendly and efficient staff. Tel: 024 7635 0562.

Crossed Khukris Gurkha Restaurant are a Corporate Sponsor of Nuneaton Town Supporters' Co-operative

Mr. Om Gurung (MBE) is the owner of Crossed Khukris Gurkha Restaurant. The restaurant prides itself on its high standards, and serves hundreds of customers every week, resulting in cheerful and satisfied customers longing to return even as they leave, taking the unique taste of the Nepalese cuisine with them.

We have been pleased to serve the public of Nuneaton and Bedworth since 1998 and our customers become regulars who are also very good friends.

The Crossed Khukris offer a free home delivery on orders over £12 within a 3 mile radius or 15% discount on collection.

Heart of England Co-operative are corporate sponsors of Nuneaton Town Supporters' Co-operative

Heart of England Co-operative provide multiple services
to the local community, including food and lifestyle store, funeral services, travel and much, much more. Visit the website to view the latest offers available from Heart of England Co-operative.

The Heart of England Co-operative have supported Nuneaton Town Supporters’ Co-operative in the past and made a donation towards the construction of the Memorial Garden.

Watts Electrical (Midlands) Limited specialise in all aspects of domestic electrical installations and offer a complete electrical service from having new lighting installed to a simple light fitting replacement. Watts Electrical provide a professional solution to all your electrical requirements. To discuss your requirements, please phone 02476 326681/07930275678. Email: info@wattselectricalmidlands.com

MarshMill

Customised table covers in more than 70 fabric colours, banners, pull up displays and all kinds of innovative and eye-catching promotional ideas; all to your specification with full colour logos and custom designs. We supply a large number of organisations in the education, private and public sectors.

We have many years of experience and supply customers worldwide and  take great pride in the fact that many of our orders come via recommendations from existing customers.

 You can find out more at http://www.marshmill.com, or contact us on 02476 327008; fax 02476 327009 or e-mail us on info@marshmill.com

ThePrintingShed

Company based in Atherstone producing all types of printed media. Fast and efficient service. Email: Gary at above address

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From Town to Town Appointments

The Co-operative are pleased to announce that they have completed the interview process for the two positions created within the ‘From Town to Town’ heritage project and that we are now looking forward to starting the project.

We have been very fortunate in attracting two very experienced people to front our project, and by way of introduction here is a short summary of the two successful candidates:

Judy Crabb small picJudy Crabb (Project Manager)

Judy has worked in a variety of roles in the Voluntary and Community sector and has a vast amount of experience in similar roles, having overseen projects at Shrewsbury Town, Port Vale, Enfield, Birchfield Harriers, Pontypridd Rugby Club, Grasmere Sporting Tales and Swinton Lions.

The experience Judy has gained in the aforementioned projects will enable her to share best practice with the steering group and the local co-ordinator, ensuring that the project meets all its targets, while at the same time engaging with our partners and the rest of the community.

Judy is keen to explore new and creative ideas to ensure the success of the project and that there is a sustainable legacy which will be of benefit to generations to come.

lorna small picLorna Stanley (Local Co-ordinator)

Lorna worked at Rolls-Royce in Derby where her roles included Change and Communications Project Management and Customer Relationship Management. After taking voluntary redundancy Lorna took up the position of Development Director for The Sanata Charitable Trust, based in Kenya.

On her return to the UK, Lorna took up the role of Project Leader for the Generations Together intergenerational project based in Reading, Berkshire. As part of the Generations Together project Lorna was responsible for overseeing oral history projects and intergenerational video projects involving local schoolchildren filming and interviewing older people.

We look forward to working with both Judy and Lorna in presenting the colourful history of our football club and exploring the lives of the people who have supported, worked for and played for the club over years gone by.

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Co-operative Receive Grant from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Co-operative have successfully applied for funding to present a comprehensive history of senior football in Nuneaton. The project title is ‘From Town to Town’ and further information can be found on the press release here:

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As part of the project two job vacancies will be created, details of which appear below.

More details of how to take part in the project will be announced shortly, but if you would like to register an interest or have any memorabilia which may be of interest, please e-mail nuneatontownsupportersclub@gmail.com

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Wayne Rooney signed shirt

The Supporters’ Co-operative were thrilled that the “Wayne Rooney” signed England shirt auctioned at the End Of Season Presentation Evening made so much money for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

roger&chequeHere’s the Cheque being presented to Jaqueline Leake, fund raiser for the Hospice by Roger Barnes of the Co-Op. Roger said, “Its always a worry when selling an item that has been donated for funds, but close bidding from different areas in the room soon pushed it up to the winning bid of £800.”

Also the Buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, has admirably donated the shirt on again to be auctioned for another good cause, The Teenage Cancer Trust, where on August 24th, at Jordan’s Day it raised £520.

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200 Club Draw Results

August 2014 – 200 Club Draw

1. M. Warmington (No. 123) £300.00

2. R. Elsworth (No. 086) £180.00

3. D. Hall (No. 008) £90.00

4. P. Walton (No. 037) £30.00

Thanks to everyone for their support, date of next draw will be published shortly

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NTSC Newsletter August 2014

August 2014 Newsletter

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Many thanks to all those who contributed to the Newsletter.

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Nuneaton Town Youth Team

Nuneaton Town Youth far exceeded everyone’s expectations last season, becoming Eastern Division Champions in the Midland Floodlit League, reaching the Semi-Final of the Birmingham County Cup and the Quarter Final stages of the League Cup. The whole team was made up of year one players and therefore they will all be available to compete for places again for this coming season.

We have been promoted to the Northern Premier Division which contains some excellent teams, and will come up against Hinckley United, now known as Leicester Road, in a local derby, who won this division last season and travel as far as Ellesmere Port. It will no doubt be another tough test, but one we are all looking forward too.

We started our trials at the start of June, to try and bring added strength and depth to our current squad. We received lots of interest with over 40 trialists attending.

With the introduction of the U16s this season, I am sure there will be players within the squad that we could integrate into the youth team for this coming season. The players will hopefully be able to develop further from playing with older lads and gain valuable experience to take them forward.

A huge thank you once again to all our sponsors. They play a big part in the purchase of training kits, tracksuits, and home and away kits, and allow us to offer the best training facilities that are on offer.

Congratulations to Daniel Kavanagh and Josh Willis who Brian has invited them to pre-season training with the first team. Aiden Mailer was also invited but could not attend as he is recovering from a back injury, and I am sure there will be others given a chance by the end of this coming season.

All games will be advertised on the Website well in advance and it would be great to see people there to give the lads some encouragement.

We look forward to hopefully another fantastic season and with your support I am sure it will be.

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Nuneaton Town U16 team

The New U16 Team will begin life in September playing in the Midland Junior Premier League with their aim being to develop local players with a view to them progressing to be part of the club’s successful youth team and then the ultimate first team goal.

Since the start of June more than 48 lads have taken part in trial sessions as newly-appointed Under-16s manager Dave Cook and his coaching team look to build a squad of up to 22 for the forthcoming season. Cook was joined at the first few trial sessions by first team players Gareth Dean and Adam Walker as they demonstrated first team drills and showed the lads just the levels of fitness required to make it in today’s game,

Boro skipper Dean said: “The lads have been a pleasure to be with and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with such a committed group of staff and players.

Hopefully the boys can be given the same opportunities I was given as a youngster and take them with both hands. With the talent and application shown I see no reason why not.”

Cook commented “It has been great having Gaz and Adam come down to meet and train with the lads. They are terrific role models and having both come through similar development pathways the lads can really relate to them.

The U16s have showed some good early signs having defeated Leek Town 7-1 in their first friendly together and more recently made it to the semi-finals of a summer tournament.

In recent weeks four of the U16 team have supported the youth team in friendly matches showing progression and development is really possible and this is only after a few weeks of being together

The squad is almost now completed and hopefully they can be introduced to the fans in one of our up and coming home matches.

Nuneaton Town Supporters Co-operative have been quick to back the new team and pledged to supply the U16 team with the new anniversary home kit to get them up and running.

John Hobson of the Co-op commented every clubs supporters want to see local talent come through its development system and we are no different and if our donation helps some of these lads become first team players of the future then it will be money very well spent.

The team will play its home games from the Stockingford Pavilion on Saturday mornings, commencing in September. Any support for the lads would be greatly appreciated.

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The Co-operative at Supporters Summit 2014

at wembleyOn 26 July, John Hobson and Mike Turner represented Nuneaton Town Supporters’ Co-operative at this years Supporters Summit held at Wembley.
The event was jointly hosted by Supporters Direct (SD) and the Football Supporters Federation, (FSF). The day began with a tour of the impressive stadium and also behind the scenes such as dressing rooms and press room where John and Mike occupied the seats normally reserved for the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.
The opening session was a chance for delegates to discuss changes they would like to see to improve the state of the game. Following a video interview with Gregg Dyke sharing his view on the suggested ‘B’ league and other ideas to improve England’s lot, the discussion became more grounded with pleas to divert more funds to ‘grass roots’, reduce the prohibitive cost for coaches wishing to obtain coaching badges and even a suggestion for the FA to take over pitches from the local authorities and upgrade from central funds- this received a very mixed reception.
A variety of workshops were held during the course of the day, including ‘Away Fans Matter’. This concentrated on FSF campaigns such as ‘twenty’s plenty’, a bid to get clubs to lower ticket prices and let away fans in for £20, in this respect reports from delegates indicated that they had seen some positive movement over the past season. Also discussed was the ‘safe standing’ campaign and  looking at ways to improve facilities and change attitudes towards travelling supporters.
The afternoon  workshop attended discussed Supporters Trusts, the main panel consisted of Board members from  Spurs, Charlton Athletic, Cambridge United and the Brakes Trust, represented by Vice Chairman, Peter Davis.
The Co-operative polo shirts proved to be great icebreakers as contacts were made with numerous other Trusts, including Cambridge United, Northampton Town, Port Vale, Leamington and Wrexham. We were also able to enlighten the many folks who merely asked ‘where is Nuneaton ‘ ?
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