Dear members and supporters, Firstly, hoping the festive season has been a joyful and healthy one for everyone, excluding the wet and miserable Boxing Day match at Yeovil! Well done to the team and the supporters who all came back together and put in a great shift for our club on Saturday against Woking, I certainly went home much lighter of foot. The most important message I want to send to you this month is to please make sure to collect a copy of our new complimentary 2020 TUST BROCHURE, which we are launching on January 1st before the Yeovil match. Please be sure to take a copy for anyone you may know in our community who is a friend of TUFC and may not be at the match. We will also arrange to take them to an away match or two soon, to distribute to our exiled supporters who may not often get to Plainmoor. ( We also aim to send members soft copies with our next email .) Our particular thanks go to our member, Black Swan Printers at Dawlish, for doing such an excellent job. Equally to our increased number of corporate members who wholly funded this initiative. Please peruse their adverts and consider supporting them and their excellent local services. Our team would be grateful to have a couple more VOLUNTEERS to come forward to help give the brochures out on January 1st. Please let us know if you can help (firstname.lastname@example.org) We will then get in touch with you personally to discuss the details and at what time you might be able to be there. We will be distributing outside Plainmoor, at both the Pop side and the Bristows/ Family stand entrances , we aim to begin from when the gates open, between 1:45 and 2pm. Our team looks forward to meeting you there. Meanwhile, the summary of the minutes of our December meeting will keep you updated on the various ongoing works we are involved with, in order to support our club and its engagement with, and outreach to, the community. You may have had the opportunity to read the recent press releases, not least relating to our partnership with the Torquay United Community Sports Trust and the creation of the new Devon Supporters’ Trust Group with Argyle and Exeter City trusts. At the same time, we are still continuing to work towards more supporter engagement and togetherness, with all who are involved in the important decisions on any plans, in influencing a sustainable and a secure longer term future for our special club. Rest assured that both remits are being followed with diligence. A happy and healthy New Year to all supporters, the club management, the staff and of course players with success for all at TUFC. Michel Thomas COYY
December board meeting - summary minutes
Chairman’s introduction MT opened the meeting by reflecting on TUST’s many successes during the year including the Matchday Ambassadors, delivery of the Premier League Fans Fund projects including Fan Zones and outreach events, our brochure, networking with the business community, the work of the strategy team, the success of our social media, our blossoming partnership with the Community Sports Trust including headline sponsorship, the Devon Supporters Trust group, press coverage and relations with local politicians. He thanked all the board members for their support and dedication in making these happen. Radio Devon TUST had raised members’ concerns over the lack of radio coverage of Torquay games. A reply had been received from Radio Devon explaining that they did not have sufficient local frequencies to broadcast live radio coverage of TUFC games but were providing on-line commentaries. While we understand the explanation it doesn’t address our concens and it will be interesting to see what coveage is provided when we return to the Football League. Torquay United Community Sports Trust A useful meeting had been held with representatives of the TUCST board and a proposal to appoint a TUST board member to the TUCST board is being considered. Devon Supporters’ Trust group The inaugral meeting of the group was held at St James’ Park on 5th December. It had been a positive meeting attended by representatives of Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City. The various objectives of the Trusts were discussed and their relationships with their clubs. A further meeting was planned for later in the season which TUST had offered to host. A proposal had been agreed to explore whether there is interest in a wider alliance of trusts across the SW region. A press release about the event and partnership had been prepared and received some coverage. The Non –League Paper had also asked Nick Brodrick to prepare an item about Trusts in non-league generally for publication in the New Year. Proposed Supporters’ Club Despite several attempts to seek an update there was no news from the Club regarding the formation of a Supporters’ Club proposed in September. New brochure The final draft of the new brochure was tabled and favourably received. It was currently with the printers with a view to having it ready for distribution at matches over the Festive Season. It had been agreed ahead of the meeting to order 3000 copies. Corporate members Membership now stood at 20 and all were represented in the new brochure Response to AGM motion No response had been received from the Club. The FSA had been instructed to try and broker a meeting between the TUST board and the Club and initial contact had been made. Asset of Community Value The need to renew the ACV in respect of Plainmoor before it expires in March 2020 was noted. Banning orders The board condemned the recent news of the violent behaviour of three men supposedly ‘supporters’ of TUFC. It praised the Club and police for taking firm action to prosecute and ban these individuals. The Chair updated on the unrelated position of the ten or so fans who had been given banning orders for entering the pitch after the last home game of the season. There was no indication that their request for a repeal of the season long ban was being considered by the Club. It was understood that the group were considering their next step following advice from the FSA.