Didn't take copious notes unlike last year, but will try to summarise:
- Finances were bad this season, and have been underwritten by a small number of people putting money into the club. - The aim over the next few seasons is to achieve a state where the above no longer needs to happen for the club to keep going. - To this end, Adam Warren and the Commercial team are seeking to rent out the Reddings Suite and other facilities more. - To achieve the goal of financial stability, we need to broaden the base of support and get people into the club and become part of a community for more than just Saturday afternoons. - The club under Adam Balding are pushing towards a 'One Club' ethos with meetings between coaches to share best practice and even possibly calls and structures to develop a true pathway for youngsters in the club, with 7 senior academy lads making the step-up (into the training squad I presume) being an example of this. - Adam Balding has had discussions with Leicester, Worcester and Coventry but stated that any player brought in as a DR must: not disrupt the squad, earn their way into the starting lineup, and improve on what we are trying to achieve, or they won't come to the club. We have gone from 4 retained players to a squad of 31 in just over nine weeks since Adam has been in charge. - Season tickets will now give a discount at the bar and on merch from the club shop. - The management are all excited for the season and for the club as a whole moving forward on the playing side.
Just for clarity...…….ref Owain's (accurate) posting his comment:
- Finances were bad this season, and have been underwritten by a small number of people putting money into the club.
Could be spun positively to say - Despite a poor season on the pitch, the club broke even thanks to support from key directors (like most clubs)
Also - Adam Warren and the Commercial team are seeking to rent out the Reddings Suite and other facilities more
Could be spun positively to say - The Reddings Suite has proved popular for a range of events including boxing evenings, weddings & corporate events. However there are 365 days in a year and the focus is on getting more!
I hadn't been to an AGM for a number of years and was quite looking forward to this one. I have to say I was disappointed.
First, on finances, the numbers were not mentioned and were for the year ended 30 June 2018 not the season just finished. I suspect those may be worse.
We should all be very grateful to Dave Warren and the others who so generously put their hands in their pockets to keep the club afloat.
It was a big love-in with Adam Balding. Adam spoke very well of a one club ethos from M&J to First XV which is to be welcomed and mentioned 38 players of which only four are from last season.
There is a need for jobs for some of the players. Tom Fiddler was named as one who had left because someone else could offer him a job.
I asked about the Reddings Suite and whether it was meeting original expectations in terms of revenue generation - it is not. I sensed the question was somewhat unwelcome given how positive everyone was trying to be.
I desperately wanted someone else to ask whether the name change had brought in the desired advertising revenue now that everyone knows where Moseley is. Sadly, no one did.
The club achieves wonders on a limited budget and resources but the average age of attendees was probably well north of 50 which does not bode well if we cannot attract a younger audience.