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Annual General Meeting 2018

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 19th August 2018 in the Hollins Suite, Millennium Reception, West Stand, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM but we must have confirmation that you will be attending no later than 10.00 pm on Thursday 16th August as Chelsea FC require us to provide a list of attendees for security. If you turn up without having confirmed your intention to attend by the time above you will not be admitted to the meeting.

To attend the AGM Members need to have paid their annual membership subscription. If you are unsure whether you are paid up or think that your membership has lapsed please check by emailing membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com

Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions to the Hollins Suite can be downloaded here.

The agenda is reproduced below and can also be downloaded here.

The standing orders for the AGM can be downloaded here.

Candidate manifestos are available to download here.

The draft accounts and annual report will be circulated to members by email in advance of the meeting.

Chelsea Supporters Trust logo

Chelsea Supporters Trust 2018 AGM

Registered office 11, St. Catherine’s Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0PP

Registered with the FSA: 31940R

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 19th of August 2018 at the Hollins Suite, West Stand, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

AGENDA (please see accompanying notes for further information)

        1. Welcome and apologies
        2. Chairman’s Report – overall report on Trust issues and accounts (to be circulated, with accounts, to members by email in advance of the meeting)
        3. Secretary’s Report
        4. 2018 Annual Survey – summary of results
        5. Board Elections
        6. Motions from the CST Board
          6.1 Board Elections
          6.2 Approval of 2017/18 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner
          6.3 Chelsea Supporters Trust affiliations
          6.4 The Future of Stamford Bridge
          6.5 The Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners
          6.6 Safe Standing
          6.7 Atmosphere Concerns
          6.8 Ticket Pricing and Availability
          6.9 Fixture Scheduling
          6.10 Membership of Safety Advisory Group
          6.11 Ticket Touting
          6.12 Stakeholder Engagement
          6.13 Football in the Community
          6.14 Club Heritage
          6.15 Supporters Club Ticket Allocations
        7. 6.16 Supporter Liaison Office
        8. 6.17 Supporter Safety
        9. Any Other Business
        10. Close 

By order of the CST board Paul Jeffrey, Secretary 

ACCOMPANYING NOTES TO THE AGENDA

Voting

No voting will take place at the AGM itself. Instead, voting for both the board elections and motions raised at the AGM will take place in the two weeks following the conclusion of the AGM. The voting will take place online through SurveyMonkey. On the next working day following the AGM (Monday 20th August 2018), members will receive an email containing a unique link to SurveyMonkey where they will be able to vote in the Board elections, and in favour or against motions raised at the AGM. Voting will close on

Elections

The board elections will be contested as there are 10 candidates standing and 9 positions available. Individual positions on the board will be agreed by the board following completion of the election process. Voting will take place online in the 2 weeks preceding the AGM. By agreement of the candidates, the contents of a candidate’s manifesto are their sole representations. The candidate manifestos can be found at appendix 1 to this document and here [LINK]. They will also be available online for the duration of the election process. The manifestos will not be read out at the AGM, however, should a candidate wish to clarify any of the contents of the manifesto, they will be given the opportunity to do so.

Motions from the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board

Motion 1. Board Elections

As per paragraph 8.2 of the CST Election Policy, the highest placed candidates in terms of total votes as equal to number of places available for election declared by the Board shall be deemed elected. There are 10 candidates standing for 9 positions on the Board. The 9 candidates to receive the most votes will be elected.

The prospective Board Members are as follows (in random order):

  • Paul Hay
  • Theresa Magee
  • Chris Rayburn
  • David Chidgey
  • Robert Palmer
  • Henry Fowler
  • David Johnstone
  • Isabella Hislop
  • Cliff Auger
  • Dan Silver

Motion 2. Approval of 2017/18 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner
The Chelsea Supporters Trust accounts for the year ended 31/5/18 are approved.  Provided revenue remains below £100,000 p.a., in line with accepted practise the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board should continue to appoint an independent examiner at the end of each financial year, rather than an auditor.

Motion 3. Chelsea Supporters Trust Affiliations

The Chelsea Supporters Trust should continue to affiliate to Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, work with these organisations as appropriate to further the interests of Chelsea supporters, and football supporters in general and take part in national and local campaigns as deemed appropriate.

Motions 4-17 are submitted to the membership following issues which arose in the 2017/18 season and/or were raised in a review of the results of the April 2018 membership survey. The background to a number of these issues, and details of progress in the past twelve months, will be contained in the 2017/18 Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual Report, to be circulated to voting members in advance of the AGM.

Motion 4. The Future of Stamford Bridge
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board notes that the Stamford Bridge redevelopment project has been put on hold indefinitely. The CST board is mandated to continue to work with the club and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a commitment that supporters are at the centre of any further discussions about the future of the ground and that supporter opinion is properly and openly taken into account, with particular emphasis on the continued enjoyment of the match day experience, facilities and ticket pricing going forward.

Motion 5.  The Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board re-affirms its support of and commitment to the aims and importance of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) in the continuation of Chelsea Football Club at its home, Stamford Bridge. With recent developments relating to the postponement of the development of a new ground on the site of Stamford Bridge, the ‘Board’ actively encourages all members of the ‘Trust’ to buy shares and become a Chelsea Pitch Owner, to safeguard its long-term future. It is mandated to continue to work with the CPO board, and other appropriate bodies, to ensure that the CPO remains relevant to future generations of supporters and to encourage the increasing accessibility of shares to supporters of all ages and backgrounds to expedite this.

Motion 6.  Safe Standing

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board congratulates the work of the Football Supporters Federation and other Supporters Trusts in the developments around the introduction of safe standing this year. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue to support and contribute to the united effort of fans groups to see the introduction of safe standing in the top three tiers of English football. With particular emphasis on Chelsea the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to press the Club to take a leading role in the support of safe standing and to introduce safe standing sections at Stamford Bridge as soon as is practicable, in line with national developments on the introduction of pilots for safe standing.

Motion 7. Atmosphere Concerns
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue to work with the club and other supporters groups looking to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, as appropriate and to encourage the club to continue dialogue with supporters in respect of ‘singing sections’, flag and banner displays and other supporter driven initiatives to encourage atmosphere in the ground.

Motion 8. Ticket Pricing and Availability
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to pursue the issue of fair ticket pricing and ticket allocation for home and away, as well as matters including, but not limited to, rearranged fixtures, away fan travel and stewarding/policing, through whichever channels they deem appropriate. These channels include, but are not necessarily limited to, Chelsea FC; the Premier League; the Football Association; relevant television companies; other Supporters Trusts; the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct.

Motion 9.  Fixture Scheduling

Due to the increasing cost and inconvenience to match going supporters caused by the short notice of Premier League games rearranged to suit the television companies, more notice needs to be given for such rearrangements, published announcement deadlines need to be strictly adhered to and the potential for away supporters to use public transport should be a key consideration when compiling fixtures and anomalous fixtures (e.g. midweek trips to the other end of the country) need to be minimised or eradicated. 

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to work with the Football Supporters Federation, other supporter’s trusts and appropriate bodies, inside and outside football, to vigorously campaign for supporter impact to be a key criterion when Premier League fixture schedules and television picks, are drafted.

Motion 10. Membership of Safety Advisory Group
The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is a statutory council-led committee set up under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975. The Chelsea SAG has representation from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Metropolitan Police Service. British Transport Police, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, London Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance Service, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and Chelsea FC. It meets twice a year to discuss relevant issues with regard to Chelsea Football Club. After representations to the local council in late 2015, the Chelsea Supporters Trust now have the opportunity to review the SAG agenda, submit items for discussion and review the meeting minutes. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board believe, while this is progress, there is no valid reason whatsoever why full membership should not be granted and are mandated to push for this.

The Chelsea FC SAG Terms of Reference can be downloaded here

Motion 11.  Ticket Touting
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to use its involvement with the relevant authorities with a view to reducing the activities of ticket touts in the Fulham Broadway area before Chelsea home games and to participate in campaigns designed to achieve this. It is also mandated to work with organisations represented on the SAG to assist in educating potentially vulnerable groups in the perils of purchasing tickets in this way, or through using unofficial on-line ticketing organisations.

Motion 12. Stakeholder Engagement
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board has made some progress since its inception in terms of building relationships with relevant stakeholders at a local and national level. The board is mandated to build on this work and to develop relevant effective working relationships with Chelsea FC; Hammersmith and Fulham Council; Local Members of Parliament; Metropolitan Police Service; British Transport Police; Premier League; Football Association; relevant broadcasting organisations; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other bodies as deemed appropriate. Where deemed to be more effective (e.g. with the Premier League, FA, broadcasting organisations and DCMS), these relationships are to be built working in conjunction with other supporters trusts or other appropriate organisations.

Motion 13. Football in the Community
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to participate in and support appropriate activities designed to promote football, Chelsea FC and its supporters in the community local to Chelsea FC. This could, for example, take the form of charitable work or through supporting specific supporter based campaigns as they arise.

Motion 14. Club Heritage
Building on the Brompton Cemetery Chelsea Graves project, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to work with the club, club historian Rick Glanvill and other appropriate bodies/individuals to identify appropriate projects to reflect and enhance the club’s heritage.

Motion 15. Supporters Club Ticket Allocations
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board has had representations from supporters clubs in the UK and abroad with regard to the perceived unfairness of the ticket allocation by the club to different categories of supporters club. They are mandated to work with affiliates, and other supporters clubs.

Motion 16. Supporter Liaison Officer

In the UEFA Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) Handbook, the SLO role includes the following responsibilities: being a bridge between the fans and the club; informing supporters of club decisions and communicating the fans’ point of view to the club; and building relations with fan groups and initiatives as well as with police and security.  At many Premier league and Football league clubs the role is independent and effective, seen as representing the supporter perspective in dialogue with the club.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board firmly believes that a fully-independent SLO, with no conflict of interest, representing supporter interests and no other, is essential in properly fulfilling the UEFA remit and optimising effective supporter dialogue. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue dialogue with the club, and other appropriate bodies, to encourage Chelsea FC to look at making the SLO position independent in line with other Premier League clubs.

Motion 17. Supporter Safety

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to engage in dialogue with the club to ensure that the safety of our supporters traveling abroad is adequately considered and of an appropriate level. By doing so we hope to allow shared experiences from other supporters’ trusts from their trips to similar locations so that lessons can be learnt on issues such as travel arrangements, ticket collection, policing, stewarding, security, as well as access and egress of stadium.

Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018-19 and Notification of Board Elections

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Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018-19

  1. By order of the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) Board, notice is hereby given, that it is the intention of the CST to hold an AGM and an election for the board of the society for the 2018/19 season.
  2. The AGM will take place on the weekend of 18/19 August 2018. The date will be confirmed once fixtures scheduled for that weekend are announced. The AGM will take place on the alternate day to the Chelsea fixture. The venue for the AGM will be The Hollins Suite, Stamford Bridge.
  3. The agenda for the meeting, along with motions to be voted upon, will be announced no later than Monday 6th August 2018. 
  4. A number of motions will be put forward by the Board. There is also an opportunity for members to propose motions from the floor. A person wishing to propose a floor motion must:
    1. Be a fully paid-up member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust;
    2. Send the motion in writing by email to secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com by no later than 2300 BST on Friday 3rd August 2018;
    3. Ensure that the motion is seconded by two (2) paid-up members of the CST. The names and email addresses of the proposer and the seconders must be included in the email;
    4. All motions from the floor must be in accordance with the aims and objectives of the CST and must not act to the detriment of the CST.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Notice of Election

  1. The Board Election will coincide with the CST Annual General Meeting which will occur on the same date. 
  2. Voting for the election will commence in the form of an online poll following the close of the AGM and will continue for two weeks thereafter. 
  3. The election will be overseen by an independent Electoral Management Group (EMG) consisting of the CST Secretary, a member of the CST and an independent representative. For details on election policy, please contact the Trust Secretary by emailing secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com
  4. There will be nine (9) positions to be elected onto the Trust Board. Candidates will be elected without portfolio and the Board, once elected, will decide on the positions to be held by each elected Board Member. 
  5. A person wishing to stand for election must:
    1. Be a fully paid-up member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust;
    2. Be nominated by one other fully paid-up member of the CST;
    3. Complete a nomination form correctly and accurately, following the guidance outlined on the form;
    4. Submit a candidate statement which will serve as a manifesto and be circulated to all members of the CST eligible to vote;
    5. Return the nomination form and candidate statement no later than 2300 BST on Friday 3rd August 2018. Any nomination forms returned after this time will not be admitted.
  1. Decisions over the validity of nominations shall be a matter for the EMG. Any decision by the EMG not to accept a nomination as valid will be notified to the candidate as soon as practicable, whereupon the candidate may, if appropriate, take steps to rectify the situation.
  2. The decision of the EMG is final. Any complaints made to the EMG concerning the result of the election must be made no later than three working days after the close of the poll. Any complaint after this time shall not be admissible.

Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Chair of the EMG via email secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com or by post to

Chair of Electoral Management Group, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, C/O 11 St. Catherine’s Road Winchester Hampshire SO23 0PP
No signatures are required if emailing, but name and email address of both candidate and nominator must be stated and it must be sent from same email address as the one registered on the candidate’s CST membership record.

Related Downloads:

CST election nomination form 2018-19

Election Policy 2018

Newsletter – Winter 2018

Welcome to the ‘winter’ newsletter. We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and are managing to keep warm in the bitter winter weather. Mind you, if you read the press at the moment it might make you hot under the collar with Chelsea apparently in crisis and about to part company with Antonio Conte, in spite of being 4th in the league, in the FA Cup and with Barcelona to play in the Champions’ League (correct at time of writing!). Crisis, what crisis?

You can download the newsletter and read it here:

CST Newsletter Winter 2018 Final

Newsletter Autumn 2017

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Autumn Newsletter is now available.

Photo by Clive Howes/Chelsea FC

It covers the recent Annual General Meeting and election results; the date of the next Special General Meeting;  a report on the latest supporter issues and the unveiling of the Jack Whitley Memorial.

You can download the newsletter here:

Chelsea Supporters Trust Autumn Newsletter 2017

CST Board Election and Motions Results 2017

The results of the recent Chelsea Supporters Trust Board election and the voting on each CST Motion, as proposed in the AGM of 13th August have now been released.

The vote for the new Board was an ‘affirmative vote’ with 9 members standing for election or re-election. Each member required 50% of the vote to be elected.

We are delighted that each member standing received well over 90% of the votes cast and the following have been duly elected: Cliff Auger; David Chidgey; Henry Fowler; Charles Jackson; David Johnstone; Chris Rayburn; Ramzi Shammas; Dan Silver; Richard Weekes.

We trust the membership will extend a warm welcome to new Board members Henry Fowler and Ramzi Shammas and to the returning Board members as well.

The first meeting of the new Board will be held on Thursday September 14th where we will elect the positions of Chairman and Treasurer, Paul Jeffrey will remain in position as Secretary.

In addition, we have now received the results of the voting for the Motions from the Board.

In short these are as follows (votes in favour in brackets):

  • Approval of 2016/17 accounts (98.48 %);
  • CST Affiliations (100 %);
  • Stamford Bridge Redevelopment (99.24 %);
  • Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners (99.24 %);
  • Temporary Stadium (100 %);
  • Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing (98.48 %);
  • Ticket Pricing and Availability (100 %);
  • Kick-Off Times (100 %);
  • Membership of Safety Advisory Group (99.22 %);
  • Ticket Touting (96.92 %);
  • Stakeholder Engagement (100 %);
  • Football in the Community (100 %);
  • Club Heritage (100 %);
  • Supporters Club Ticket Allocations (94.57 %).

Full details of the Motions can be found here

As you can see every Motion proposed by the Board has been backed positively and bar a percentage point or two unanimously!

This gives the new Board a very strong mandate from the membership going forward on the supporter issues that affect them most.

To all of our members who took part in the AGM, the election of the Board and for voting on the Motions, many thanks. This democratic process is exactly what sets the Chelsea Supporters Trust apart in that we are answerable to the membership and we work on the issues mandated by the membership.

Chelsea Supporters Trust AGM 13th August 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust was held at 14:00 on Sunday 13th of August 2017. 

As always we recorded the meeting for the benefit of members who were unable to attend in person. You can listen to it here:

AGENDA 

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Chairman’s Report – overall report on Trust issues and accounts 

3. Secretary’s Report

4. 2017 Annual Survey – summary of results

5. Board Elections

6. Motions from the CST Board

6.1 Board Elections

6.2 Approval of 2016/17 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner

6.3 Chelsea Supporters Trust affiliations

6.4 Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

6.5 Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners

6.6 Temporary Stadium

6.7 Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing

6.8 Ticket Pricing and Availability

6.9 Kick-Off Times

6.10 Membership of Safety Advisory Group

6.11 Ticket Touting

6.12 Stakeholder Engagement

6.13 Football in the Community

6.14 Club Heritage

6.15 Supporters Club Ticket Allocations

7. Any Other Business

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board Elections

The board elections will not be contested as there are 9 candidates standing and 9 positions available. The board election will thus take the form of an affirmative vote of each candidate in accordance with rule 8.3 of the CST Election policy (noted below).

Elections to the Board of the Chelsea Supporters Trust are uncontested as there are 9 candidates standing for 9 positions. As such, election to the Board shall take place in accordance with Rule 8.3 of the CST Election policy which states:

‘If there are as many or fewer candidates than there are places, an affirmative ballot shall be held at the AGM. Each successfully nominated candidate will be put before the meeting for the approval of members. Any candidate not receiving the support of more than half of those present in person and by proxy shall be deemed to have not been elected. The exception shall be that should the failure to elect any of the validly nominated candidates leave the Board below the minimum required under the Rules for them to act, all validly nominated candidates shall be deemed elected by the EMG and this declared at the AGM.’

The prospective Board Members are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Cliff Auger
  • David Chidgey
  • Henry Fowler
  • Charles Jackson
  • David Johnstone
  • Chris Rayburn
  • Ramzi Shammas
  • Dan Silver
  • Richard Weekes

The manifesto’s for each candidate can be read and downloaded here

Voting for both the board elections and motions raised at the AGM will take place in the two weeks following the conclusion of the AGM (Sunday 13th August). No voting will take place at the AGM itself. The voting will take place online through SurveyMonkey. On the next working day following the AGM (Monday 14th August 2017), members will receive an email containing a unique link to SurveyMonkey where they will be able to vote in favour or against motions raised at the AGM  and elect the new board.

Annual General Meeting 2017

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 13th August 2017 in the Hollins Suite, Millennium Reception, West Stand, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM but we must have confirmation that you will be attending no later than 10.00 pm on Thursday 10th August as Chelsea FC require us to provide a list of attendees for security. If you turn up without having confirmed your intention to attend by the time above you will not be admitted to the meeting.

To attend the AGM Members need to have paid their annual membership subscription. If you are unsure whether you are paid up or think that your membership has lapsed please check by emailing membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com

Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions to the Hollins Suite can be downloaded here.

The agenda is reproduced below and can also be downloaded here.

The standing orders for the AGM can be downloaded here.

The draft accounts and annual report will be circulated to members by email in advance of the meeting and are available to download here

Following on from the AGM, and after a short break, Dan Levene will once again host our Chelsea-centric quiz, which was keenly contested last time with the winner’s trophy up for grabs for the victors!

Chelsea Supporters Trust 2017 AGM

Registered office 11, St. Catherine’s Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0PP

Registered with the FSA: 31940R

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 13th of August 2017 at the Hollins Suite, West Stand, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

AGENDA (please see accompanying notes for further information)

        1. Welcome and apologies
        2. Chairman’s Report – overall report on Trust issues and accounts (to be circulated, with accounts, to members by email in advance of the meeting)
        3. Secretary’s Report
        4. 2017 Annual Survey – summary of results
        5. Board Elections
        6. Motions from the CST Board
          6.1 Board Elections
          6.2 Approval of 2016/17 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner
          6.3 Chelsea Supporters Trust affiliations
          6.4 Stamford Bridge Redevelopment
          6.5 Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners
          6.6 Temporary Stadium
          6.7 Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing
          6.8 Ticket Pricing and Availability
          6.9 Kick-Off Times
          6.10 Membership of Safety Advisory Group
          6.11 Ticket Touting
          6.12 Stakeholder Engagement
          6.13 Football in the Community
          6.14 Club Heritage
          6.15 Supporters Club Ticket Allocations
        7. Any Other Business
        8. Close

Following the success of last year’s quiz, organised and compered by Dan Levene, a similar event will be held after the AGM (at c16:00), in the Hollins Suite. 

By order of the CST board

Paul Jeffrey, Secretary 

ACCOMPANYING NOTES TO THE AGENDA

Voting

No voting will take place at the AGM itself. Instead, voting for both the board elections and motions raised at the AGM will take place in the two weeks following the conclusion of the AGM.

The voting will take place online through SurveyMonkey. On the next working day following the AGM (Monday 14th August 2017), members will receive an email containing a unique link to SurveyMonkey where they will be able to vote in favour or against motions raised at the AGM .

Elections

The board elections will not be contested as there are 9 candidates standing and 9 positions available. The board election will thus take the form of an affirmative vote of each candidate in accordance with rule 8.3 of the CST Election policy (noted below).

Motions from the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board

Motion 1. Board Elections

Elections to the Board of the Chelsea Supporters Trust are uncontested as there are 9 candidates standing for 9 positions. As such, election to the Board shall take place in accordance with Rule 8.3 of the CST Election policy which states:

‘If there are as many or fewer candidates than there are places, an affirmative ballot shall be held at the AGM. Each successfully nominated candidate will be put before the meeting for the approval of members. Any candidate not receiving the support of more than half of those present in person and by proxy shall be deemed to have not been elected. The exception shall be that should the failure to elect any of the validly nominated candidates leave the Board below the minimum required under the Rules for them to act, all validly nominated candidates shall be deemed elected by the EMG and this declared at the AGM.’

The prospective Board Members are as follows (in alphabetical order):

                      • Cliff Auger
                      • David Chidgey
                      • Henry Fowler
                      • Charles Jackson
                      • David Johnstone
                      • Chris Rayburn
                      • Ramzi Shammas
                      • Dan Silver
                      • Richard Weekes

 

Motion 2. Approval of 2016/17 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner
The Chelsea Supporters Trust accounts for the year ended 31/5/17 are approved.  Provided revenue remains below £100,000 p.a., in line with accepted practise the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board should continue to appoint an independent examiner at the end of each financial year, rather than an auditor.

Motion 3. Chelsea Supporters Trust Affiliations

The Chelsea Supporters Trust should continue to affiliate to Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, work with these organisations as appropriate to further the interests of Chelsea supporters, and football supporters in general and take part in national and local campaigns as deemed appropriate.

Motions 4-15 are submitted to the membership following issues which arose in the 2016/17 season and/or were raised in a review of the results of the June 2017 membership survey. The background to a number of these issues, and details of progress in the past twelve months, will be contained in the 2016/17 Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual Report, to be circulated to voting members in advance of the AGM.

Motion 4. Stamford Bridge Redevelopment
The Chelsea Supporters Trust Board notes with approval the progress made by the club owner with the plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge. The CST board is mandated to continue to work with the appointed consultants, the club and other relevant stakeholders to help ensure supporter opinion is properly and openly taken into account with regard to issues such as facilities and ticket pricing as the process moves forward.

Motion 5.  Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners
Regardless of the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea Supporters Trust board believes that the retention of the CPO in its current role is an essential safeguard for Chelsea supporters with regard to the long-term future of Stamford Bridge. It is mandated to continue to work with the CPO board, and other appropriate bodies, towards fulfilling this aim.

Motion 6.  Temporary Stadium
Regardless of when Chelsea move to a temporary stadium, to which location and for whatever duration, the Chelsea Supporters Trust board believes that such a move presents significant opportunities with regard to the implementation of an attractive ticket pricing structure, including the opportunity to attract significant numbers of young supporters. Given this, it is mandated to press the club for such a structure to be implemented.

Motion 7. Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing 
The Chelsea Supporters Trust board is mandated to continue to work with the club and other supporters groups looking to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, as appropriate. The results of the specific Safe Standing survey carried out among Chelsea supporters in 2014 and subsequent surveys indicate overwhelming support for Safe Standing. The Board is mandated to continue to campaign for standing sections to be introduced as part of the Stamford Bridge redevelopment and at other football stadia, as part of the wider national ‘Safe Standing’ campaign co-ordinated by the Football Supporters Federation. We will press the club to take a leading role to support Safe Standing.

Motion 8. Ticket Pricing and Availability
In the light of the extra TV money received by Premier League clubs, the Chelsea Supporters Trust board is mandated to pursue the issue of fair ticket pricing and ticket allocation for home and away, as well as matters including, but not limited to, rearranged fixtures, away fan travel and stewarding/policing, through whichever channels they deem appropriate. These channels include, but are not necessarily limited to, Chelsea FC; the Premier League; the Football Association; relevant television companies; other Supporters Trusts; the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct.

Motion 9.  Kick-Off Times
The number of Premier League games rearranged to suit the television companies, and the short notice given for such rearrangements, causes both inconvenience and increased cost to match going supporters. The Chelsea Supporters Trust board is mandated to work with other supporters trusts and appropriate bodies to push the TV companies and Premier League for more notice to be given for such rearrangements, for published deadlines to be strictly adhered to and, where appropriate for supporters to be compensated for the extra cost.

Motion 10. Membership of Safety Advisory Group
The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is a statutory council-led committee set up under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975. The Chelsea SAG has representation from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Metropolitan Police Service. British Transport Police, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, London Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance Service, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and the club. It meets twice a year to discuss relevant issues with regard to Chelsea Football Club. After representations to the local council in late 2015, the Chelsea Supporters Trust now have the opportunity to review the SAG agenda, submit items for discussion and review the meeting minutes. The Chelsea Supporters Trust board believe that, though this is progress, there is no valid reason whatsoever why full membership should not be granted and are mandated to push for this.

The Chelsea FC SAG Terms of Reference can be downloaded here

Motion 11.  Ticket Touting
The Chelsea Supporters Trust board is mandated to use its involvement with the Safety Advisory Group with a view to reducing the activities of ticket touts in the Fulham Broadway area before Chelsea home games and to participate in campaigns designed to achieve this. It is also mandated to work with organisations represented on the SAG to assist in educating potentially vulnerable groups in the perils of purchasing tickets in this way, or through using unofficial on-line ticketing organisations.

Motion 12. Stakeholder Engagement
The Chelsea Supporters Trust Board has made some progress since its inception in terms of building relationships with relevant stakeholders at a local and national level. The board is mandated to build on this work and to develop relevant effective working relationships with Chelsea FC; Hammersmith and Fulham Council; Local Members of Parliament; Metropolitan Police Service; British Transport Police; Premier League; Football Association; relevant broadcasting organisations; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other bodies as deemed appropriate. Where deemed to be more effective (e.g. with the Premier League, FA, broadcasting organisations and DCMS), these relationships are to be built working in conjunction with other supporters trusts or other appropriate organisations.

Motion 13. Football In The Community
The Chelsea Supporters Trust Board is mandated to participate in and support appropriate activities designed to promote football, Chelsea FC and its supporters in the community local to Chelsea FC. This could, for example, take the form of charitable work or through supporting specific supporter based campaigns as they arise.

Motion 14. Club Heritage
Building on the Brompton Cemetery Chelsea Graves project, the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board is mandated to work with the club, club historian Rick Glanvill and other appropriate bodies/individuals to identify appropriate projects to reflect and enhance the club’s heritage.

Motion 15. Supporters Club Ticket Allocations
The Chelsea Supporters Trust board has had representations from supporters clubs in the UK and abroad with regard to the perceived unfairness of the ticket allocation by the club to different categories of supporters club. They are mandated to work with affiliates, and other supporters clubs, to identify a potential fairer solution and present it to the club.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017-18

  1. By order of the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) Board, notice is hereby given, that it is the intention of the CST to hold an AGM and an election for the board of the society for the 2017/18 season.
  2. The AGM will take place on the weekend of 12/13 August 2017. The date will be confirmed once fixtures scheduled for that weekend are announced. The AGM will take place on the alternate day to the Chelsea fixture. The venue for the AGM will be the Copthorne Hotel, Stamford Bridge.
  3. The agenda for the meeting, along with motions to be voted upon, will be announced no later than Monday 31st July 2017. 
  4. A number of motions will be put forward by the Board. There is also an opportunity for members to propose motions from the floor. A person wishing to propose a floor motion must:
    1. Be a fully paid-up member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust;
    2. Send the motion in writing by email to secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com by no later than 2300 BST on Friday 28th July 2017;
    3. Ensure that the motion is seconded by two (2) paid-up members of the CST. The names and email addresses of the proposer and the seconders must be included in the email;
    4. All motions from the floor must be in accordance with the aims and objectives of the CST and must not act to the detriment of the CST.

Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual Report

This is the annual report on the Trust’s activities for the last year as presented by the Chairman at the recent AGM.

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Business Review and Future Developments

Annual Accounts

The CST board feel that the surplus currently held (£6,060 as at 31/5/16) should be maintained, in case there should be a need for a ‘fighting fund’ or similar unplanned contingency requirement. The amount held in surplus is reviewed regularly by the CST board and, if appropriate, changes made to the membership fee structure.

CST Membership

The CST has a direct c8,000 reach through individual memberships and affiliations, plus 12,100 Twitter followers and 9,400 Facebook followers (figures correct as at 9/8/16).

Progress on Motions Passed at 2015 AGM

Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

The future of Stamford Bridge is the most significant issue facing Chelsea supporters and the clear wish of the majority of CST members is for the club to stay at their spiritual home. It was therefore of great interest for supporters to be able to see, last summer, the exhibition showing outline redevelopment plans, which if implemented will certainly make a 60,000 capacity Stamford Bridge one of the great football stadia of Europe.

model-of-future-stamford-bridgeThe lack of any further announcement with regard to the stadium redevelopment, which is currently subject to the local authority planning permission process, is clearly a frustration for supporters but it is probably understandable that the Club hold back until there is something definite to say. It is to be hoped that the project team are able to update supporters with regard to progress in the near future.

Ongoing supporter input as the plans, designs, facilities and pricing structures firm up is essential, to ensure that the final stadium design meets, as far as is possible, the needs of supporters and, crucially, allows a greater proportion of younger supporters to affordably attend games.

Closely related to the planned redevelopment is the proposed move to a temporary stadium while Stamford Bridge is rebuilt. The location, timing and duration of such a move is the subject of much speculation in the media and among supporters and, again, it is to be hoped that news regarding such a move can be given to supporters in the near future.

Tottenham’s attractive pricing for their Champions League games at Wembley provides an interesting benchmark for Chelsea, regardless of their temporary home, and, again, supporter input into pricing and seat allocation decisions can only be beneficial.

A list of concerns and suggestions with regard to such a temporary move were sent to the Club during the season and we will look to work with the club to address supporters’ concerns about any temporary absence including travel, cost, ticketing and atmosphere’.

Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners

The CST board, and (from motions overwhelmingly passed at previous AGM’s) our membership, has always believed that CPO is an essential long-term safeguard for Chelsea supporters with regard to the stadium, regardless of the Stamford Bridge redevelopment.

cst-cpo-share-presentationWe will continue to work with relevant parties to help ensure this is the case. We are in regular contact with CPO Chair Charles Rose and will continue to offer help and support to the CPO board as appropriate.

Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing

Concerted efforts by a number of groups and individuals, including the CST, continued to improve the atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge last season, and their efforts are welcomed.

IMG_0139 (Large)CST board members continued to meet with senior Club executives on a number of occasions to discuss this specific issue. The work done by groups like Shed End Atmosphere in trying to create a vibrant atmosphere in the ground, and produce banner displays, is to be commended.

Ticket Pricing and Availability

Ticket prices at Stamford Bridge were frozen for another year, which is welcome, but the big news this year was the introduction of the £30 cap on away PL tickets from 2016/17.

This is testament to the hard work over a number of years by the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Trusts across the Premier League. It ends the argument that supporters from different clubs working collectively together can achieve little or nothing to coordinate mutual interests.

Of course, just because away ticket prices have been reduced does not mean that campaigning will stop, as a statement we issued following the ticket price announcement made clear. Given the enormous sums of TV money pouring into Premier League club coffers there are clearly opportunities for clubs to reduce home ticket prices, incentivise young supporters and so on. We will continue to raise these issues with the Club and also work with other appropriate groups on a Premier League-wide basis.

The Chelsea subsidy of away travel outside London continued in 2015/16 and the announcement of a continuation of the scheme in 2016/17 is to be welcomed. From discussions with other PL Supporters Trusts it is clear that a number of other PL clubs have ended subsidised travel, and other away supporter initiatives, following the announcement of the £30 cap. There are also concerns that at some clubs concessionary prices have risen, to partly offset the revenue loss caused by the cap, and that at some grounds away allocations could be reduced. The CST, in conjunction with other PL Trusts, is keeping a close eye on this issue.

Membership of Hammersmith and Fulham Safety Advisory Group

The Met Police, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Chelsea FC, British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade etc. meet twice a year as the Chelsea Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to discuss safety issues relating to Stamford Bridge. It is clearly counter-productive that supporter input is not sought.

Following last year’s AGM motion we approached the Council and, following a meeting with the SAG chair and officers, we now have input to the SAG agenda and receive feedback after meetings. This is progress, and we have made a number of valid points which were discussed at SAG’s, but the longer term objective is to gain full SAG membership and the CST board will continue to work towards this.

Ticket Touting

One issue that continues to frustrate is street ticket touting. Little progress seems to have been made over the past twelve months and it is important that the CST are more effective in ensuring the SAG proactively address the issue.

Stakeholder Engagement

Over the past year CST board member dialogue with senior Club executives has continued. As well as a number of meetings relating to atmosphere, referenced above, there have been a series of wider discussions and, critically, a presentation of the results of the annual CST members survey.

The CST continue to work with other Premier League Trusts on developing engagement at a senior level in the FA and Premier League. We had representation at a meeting held between senior Premier League executives, the Football Supporters Federation and a supporter representative from each PL club in July. Issues discussed included ticket pricing, kick-off times and safe standing. It is planned that such meetings take place twice-yearly. It is to be hoped that effective dialogue and positive initiatives will result.

Ad Hoc Issues

 European Away Ticket Collection Process

The Club introduced a new collection process for European away tickets which excited much comment from travelling supporters. A CST board member organised a survey among travelling Chelsea supporters regarding the process at the Porto away game and passed the results to the Club.

Kick Off Times

The CST probably get more ongoing complaints with regard to the late announcement of matches rescheduled for television, and the problems caused by matches kicking off at inappropriate times, than almost any other issue.

The financial and logistical problems caused to home and away supporters by delayed announcements, and the number of matches it is impossible for away supporters to travel home on public transport from, is a cause of frustration for supporters across the Premier League.

We have complained to the Premier League on a regular basis about announcement delays. A board member led on the issue at the meeting with Premier League executives (see above) and will be actively involved in further stakeholder discussions on the issue.

Chelsea Graves in Brompton Cemetery

IMG_0639 (Large)Following liaison with Friends of Brompton Cemetery, Chelsea official historian Rick Glanvill and the Club, the CST have organised three clear-ups of graves in Brompton Cemetery relating to Chelsea FC. The graves of four club founders (Messrs Janes, Kirby, Maltby and Mears) have been cleared and tidied up and are now easily accessible.

Thank you to the CST members who have given up their spare time to help carry out this work. We plan to build on this initiative in the coming season, both in terms of other Chelsea graves and other community activity.

Communication and Dialogue with Members

In line with their stated practise, the CST held an Annual General Meeting and three Special General Meetings in 2015/16.

Location again became an issue, but a successful SGM was held at the Chelsea Pensioner in May. We hope that this venue can be used in future.

IMG_0764 (Large)Guest at that May SGM was well-known Chelsea journalist Dan Levene, who did a lively Q&A session on a range of Chelsea issues. Dan also ran a Chelsea quiz at the 2015 AGM, and given the success of this event a followup is being held this year.

In November we held an SGM Q&A with three experts on policing and stewarding issues at football matches. This SGM was held immediately after the launch of ‘Chelsea – The Complete Record’ by Paul Dutton and Rick Glanvill, giving attendees an unexpected and welcome chance to meet Bobby Tambling.

As in 2014/15 one of the SGM’s was held virtually (a Virtual General Meeting) in February, with members again accessing and interacting with the meeting through the internet. The level of interaction and quality of questions was again pleasing.

The AGM and SGMs are broadcast live via the internet and also made available via a podcast, meaning members from across the globe unable to attend in person have the chance to participate and/or listen.

CST newsletters are e-mailed to members on a monthly basis, designed to keep them informed on a range of issues, on issues relating to Chelsea but also more widely. It is always a judgement as to how many members e-mails to send, as there is potentially a law of diminishing returns, but survey feedback indicates that monthly newsletters are about right.

The CST website is regularly updated with current news items and has just had a redesign/refresh. The CST has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, as these are clearly key tools in terms of getting important messages out quickly, to our membership and beyond.

We must not forget, however, that many supporters do not use social media, hence the continued need for newsletters and, where appropriate, member e-mails.

Our fourth annual members survey was conducted over the summer, and results will be presented to members later this year. The Club, media and the wider supporter base will also receive relevant highlights.

Board members have also represented the CST position on various issues on the Chelsea Fancast, London Is Blue podcast, the Chelsea Fans Channel and other supporter-led communication channels.

Building and operating effective member dialogue processes in a world where face-to-face interaction is increasingly replaced by virtual engagement is an ongoing challenge, but essential if the CST are to truly identify and effectively represent the wishes of its members.

Media Coverage

CST board members continue to have a regular media presence and are regularly asked for comment and opinion by a wide range of media, on a range of issues, both relating to Chelsea and wider football matters.

The results of the 2015 annual members survey again received wide coverage, as did statements on key issues affecting Chelsea supporters and the CST last season, and campaigns held with other Trusts and organisations the CST took part in. We have always tried to put over our views in a considered and rational manner and will continue to do so.

Summary

2016/17 is likely to be a pivotal and challenging year. Progress will hopefully be made with regard to the details regarding the Stamford Bridge development and the resultant temporary move, and it is imperative that supporter input on issues around facilities and ticketing is an integral part of the process in the years ahead.

A key challenge for the new CST Board is to work effectively with the Club and other stakeholders to help ensure such input is relevant, properly represents members views and is fully taken into account.