Chairman's programme notes

Chairman's programme notes

By Steve Parker
18 July 2018
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The notes from the joint Cambridge / Dover programme

A warm welcome back to Melbourne Park to our visitors Cambridge United and Dover Athletic.

What a fabulous start to the pre-season with wins over Cheshunt and Grays; let’s hope this continues.

Anyone who is a supporter of Chelmsford City FC has to be optimistic for the season ahead. Rod has made some great signings; combining the quality of key members of last years team including Mickey, Jonny, Taylor, Jazzi, Scott, Elliott and Churchy with some exciting new prospects in Joe, Alex, Rob and Ross to name but a few and of course we have retained the services of the Lord, Mr Haines who is now in his tenth year at the club.

There are also changes going on with the clubhouse and I am pleased to report we are benefitting from access to the fantastic team from the racecourse who are providing catering and bar support, commercial acumen in creating new support opportunities and attracting new supporters

We have already secured Totesport as our main sponsor for the season and have several other organisations keen to continue and bring new support into this great club

I am also pleased to welcome Sharon Hind as the new General Manager; Sharon brings with her a wealth of experience from her time at Eastbourne and at Billericay and I am sure with the continued support of Lil and her team we have a great operation here at Chelmsford City

Not all is proceeding as quickly as we all hoped and we are still finalising our submission to the FA to complete the takeover and we have decided not to go ahead with the Academy this year as we just aren’t ready. I believe this is the right decision as we have always said we need strong foundations and launching an Academy this year was on rocky ground so we have deferred the launch to next year

The weather and an abundance of school sports activities have really impacted our ability to prepare the pitch but with the new equipment delivered last week and a big team now working on the pitch on an ongoing basis we are confident that yet again we will have one of the best playing surfaces in the league

I keep up to date on the feelings of some supporters on the Tapatalk (Messageboard) and can understand some of the sentiments there about communication and ticket prices and now we are back in full prep for the new season I hope to get more opportunities to speak and communicate with you the fans on what is going on at the club

It is nice to see the continued support for the takeover and thank you to those fans who have continued to post their support. Some decisions are not going to please everyone, such as the increase in on the gate ticket prices, but if we want a winning team that costs money and so we have to increase prices where we feel it most appropriate. The season ticket prices, along with advance purchase prices, have been held at the same level as last year and we have only increased those for the casual on the day arrivals.

We believe this supports the fans who are committed to supporting the club on a regular basis either through attending all the games or where this doesn’t work for other commitments make as many games as they can

We will be looking to provide enhanced hospitality offerings this year supported by the catering team at the racecourse with a carvery throughout the colder months and a fabulous buffet during the summer. Anyone who has experienced the food at the racecourse will know the quality of this offer so I hope many of you take the chance to sample it and maybe become regulars in the clubhouse

There is much still to do over the next few weeks as the start of the season approaches and we will look to enhance communications starting with a supporters evening where the team and I will come along and introduce ourselves to the supporters and take questions. I will liaise with Alan Jones and Luke to set this up

In the meantime I hope you enjoy today’s game and look forward to catching up with you all in due course

Steve Shore

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