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Proposal to Convert to a Community Benefit Society

3 years ago By Derek Murr

Trevor Smith on the proposal to convert to a Community Benefit Society

“As a Board we are working hard to reconnect with you, our fan base, and would very much value your input as we try to position the Club centrally in our community so that we have the best chance of maximising its potential.” Trevor Smith, Chairman

Although the Club as a CLG is already owned by its members I decided to set up a sub-committee, which currently consists of Derek Murr, Alistair Whipps, David Selby, David Power and myself to explore the possibility of converting the Club from a CLG to a CBS. After many weeks of deliberation we all feel comfortable that conversion to a CBS coupled with a strengthening of the Members’ position via an appropriately worded Constitution is our next logical step. In our opinion a major aspect of this is the way it should both help us to develop closer ties with the Chelmsford City Council and make it much easier for them to support us.

The present CLG Constitution could have served us better than was originally intended, as witnessed by our current debt levels approaching £1 million in the attempts to drive us towards promotion rather than investing in the Club infrastructure and building for our future. Getting to this position has been facilitated by a number of factors including a past lack of Supporters’ Club Representatives on the Board, delays in supplying financial information to Members and the ability of the Board to allow indebtedness on this scale.

One stated advantage of being a CBS is the positive impetus a member owned community club should give to matters such as the level of volunteers, the willingness of supporters to give financial assistance to “their” club and the level of sponsorship offered by outside parties to a "community" enterprise. However the "member owned" bit has been rather diluted in our present incarnation and we have a fair way to go in order to eliminate the “them and us” culture which I am sorry to say still exists.

As a Board we are working hard to reconnect with you, our fan base, and would very much value your input as we try to position the Club centrally in our community so that we have the best chance of maximising its potential.

The Board see this as the perfect opportunity for all City supporters to offer their comments, before moving forward with any motion to Members. We are aware not every supporter will be interested, but we want to give everyone a chance to have their say at this stage.

A copy of the discussion document presented to the Football Club Members is on the Supporters' Direct web page http://www.chelmsfordcityfc.com/a/supporters-direct-42128.html and the proposal is the attached document with this news item.

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