With the new season under way, we saw a number of new signings for the first team. The Manager has spoken in interviews about the use of loan players and working to build the squad, while acknowledging that would not be done within one transfer window.
While we had a good away result in the Cup, the one goal losses at Ross County and Livingston were disappointing, but everyone knows the importance of picking up points now league business returns at the weekend, following the international break.
With the rescheduled St Johnstone match added to the October calendar, alongside the Cup match against Dundee United and league fixtures, it will be a busy month leading into November ahead of the world cup break. Also, following discussion between both clubs, a joint request was made for the home league match against Livingston to be on Friday 4 November to help with another crowded week of matches.
The Club has issued a statement regarding allegation that a player had been involved in use of sectarian language. No further comment can be made at present. The statement can be viewed HERE.
As I indicated in my previous report, the summer months have seen a review of various aspects of the club operations, which has led to a number of changes and new appointments.
Phyllis McLeish has taken on the role of Managing Director, and will play a hands-on role across the Club, having already overseen development of the club’s commercial and financial activities since joining as a Director in 2018.
Day to day operational responsibilities will be the responsibility of Gregg McEwan, who moves from his former position as Head of Marketing & Commercial Operations to become General Manager.
Liam McDaid has joined our football administration team, working alongside Club Secretary Karen Costello, bringing a wealth of club governing body experience to the team. Lynne Bryson has joined to deal with Finance and Andrew Fitzsimmons has taken up the role of Marketing and Media Co-ordinator, bringing a depth of sports marketing experience from his previous position as Sports PR Account Manager at a Glasgow-based agency.
In the football operations department, Russ Richardson has been appointed as Recruitment Manager and will reunite with Derek McInnes, who he worked closely with at both Bristol City FC and Aberdeen FC. Joining from Liverpool FC’s scouting team, Russ will now turn his attention to enhancing the recruitment process.
Also re-joining Derek McInnes is new Senior Analyst, Greig Thomson, who will utilise a wealth of experience as an Analyst with the Scottish Football Association and as Aberdeen FC’s former Head of Performance Analysis.
These posts will strengthen the Club both on and off the pitch, providing increased support across departments as we work to continuously improve.
In addition to general Club director responsibilities, I will continue to focus on fan engagement, club and community and liaising with the media and communications team.
I have also joined the Board of KCST, and will attend monthly board meetings, which I hope will help increase the cooperation between Club, the Killie Trust and KCST going forward.
Thanks to our multimedia assistant Scott Symington who held the fort across our various media platforms until Andrew Fitzsimmons started in his role. I met with them, and Gregg McEwan, to discuss our plans to develop the media offering going forward. Andy has some creative ideas on how to build from our previous approach and content, to create an increased interactive presence on social media platforms, as well as ensuring that match information is communicated. Now that Andy is in post, we will be able to bring less formal clips involving players, letting fans see more of the people side.
Former Killie Trust Board member Gordon Gillen, who runs the Killie Histories Podcast, has taken over editorial responsibility for the monthly Club magazine.
Youth Academy and Women’s teams
Having watched the Killie B team, the under 18s and the Women’s team in their recent matches, it has been good to see various coaches across the club working together, and also the support from fans who have turned out. The Club has been working on providing earlier information about fixtures (although these can be subject to change at late stage) and going forward the plan is to have more match updates for these fixtures.
Discussions have taken place with Academy Manager Paul di Giacomo regarding how we can best support the Academy’s aim of getting young players experience of trips to tournaments and focussing our fundraising efforts on this, to build and add to the successful efforts made by Academy families and friends.
Similarly, we have had discussion with Women’s Development Manager Jim Chapman, on support for the Women’s team. The Trust have sponsored first team players, Georgina Crooks and Laura McLaughlin's home and away shirts using our general funds, as a financial contribution. The Trust is also taking responsibility for some of the matchday operations for the Women’s Team and helping build the support base.
Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust continues to work across Ayrshire with people of all ages, stages and backgrounds.
Killie Trust Activity
Once again it has been a busy time for the Trust, and members will have seen an increase the number of regular communications directly via email. In order to increase engagement, we have restarted members forums in addition to the regular monthly Trust Board meetings. These sessions have given members the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and suggestions and ask questions.
Since my last report, we have held an
A further all members forum is planned for Tuesday 11 October and further information will be circulated by the Trust.
Discussions are ongoing in relation to the potential of having screens/scoreboards installed in the stadium.
Thanks to the Trust members who voted for the proposals to provide £4400 for portable goals for the youth academy, which can also be used for community development.
Members also agreed to fund Inflatable Football equipment to be used in the Fanzone and for schools and community events at a cost of £6650
Auchinleck Talbot Legends v Killie Legends
A team of Killie legends, including some well known faces, will play Auchinleck Talbot legends on Sunday 2nd October with kick off at 2 pm at Beechwood Park, Auchinleck. The match is a testimonial event for long serving Talbot goalkeeper Andy Leishman, and entry is £5 at the gate.
In addition to regular informal contact, I have a monthly meeting with Allen Kyle, SLO, where we discuss issues which fans have raised and work on finding solutions. Allen has assisted with a number of issues relating to away ticketing, which is not always with the gift of Killie to organise. In particular he has assisted fans who live some distance from the ground and have been unable to call in personally to buy away tickets, by collecting these and taking them on matchdays. He is happy to do this but please don’t leave till last minute if you need this help!
Get in touch
I can be contacted in a number of ways:
Email: [email protected]
FaceBook: Cathy Jamieson
LinkedIn: Cathy Jamieson FRSA
I do receive a lot of informal contacts and I am happy to respond to them, but it is really helpful if contacts on more complex questions or issues are emailed to me as it helps me keep track and follow up!
I’m also not on social media round the clock, so may not be able to reply instantly. Please also note that I’ve had some issues with FB messenger, so if you have tried to contact me by that route and not received a response, please drop me a message on another channel.
Similarly, I always check on FB friend requests to make sure they are genuine and not hacks, so don’t be offended if I ask you to verify!
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