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Club Director Monthly Update - March 2021

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28/03/2021

Football Department

It is good to be sending this report out after the team securing a convincing win in our last home match against Motherwell. Like all Killie fans, I enjoyed seeing the good goals, and felt the sense of relief at getting the three points. I was particularly pleased for the Manager, who has been working extremely hard with the team. We still have challenges ahead with the post-split matches but, with three of those at home, we have a decent chance of getting more points on the board.

Once the international break is out of the way, we have a packed few weeks of first team fixtures, kicking off with the Scottish Cup tie against Stenhousemuir. Once again, it will be a real pity that, due to Covid, fans are still not able to be at matches and get behind the team for that match and the crucial league games to follow.

To ensure our development squad players are getting match time, Tomas Brindley has joined Dumbarton FC on loan until end of the season, Ally Taylor is spending time on loan at Stranraer, with Euan Deveney resuming his spell at Falkirk and Kyle Connell seeing out the season at Airdrie.
 

 

Club Annual General Meeting
The calling notice for the Club AGM has now been issued to shareholders, by email where possible, and by letter to those without email addresses. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic restrictions, this year the AGM will be held online using Zoom. It will take place on Monday 12 April at 7pm and full details are in the calling notice, along with information on how to access the audited accounts and agenda.

The Board has tried to give as much information as possible in the AGM documents, to give shareholders the opportunity to send in questions for answer on the night. 

The accounts cover the period ending 31 May 2020, and show a profit of £61,483 in that financial year. This is a reduction on the previous financial year, which saw the club post a profit of £125, 096.  Since the onset of the pandemic, and the premature end of season 2019/20, the Club has had to face a number of challenges due to reduced income.

With the 2019/20 season brought to a close after 30 of the scheduled 38 matches due to Covid-19, the club ended the season in eighth place in the Scottish Premiership.

The transfer fees received for the sales of Greg Taylor to Celtic and Academy prospect Liam Smith to Manchester City were reinvested into the club infrastructure and these funds were very important given the financial impact of the shortened season. 

In addition to the upfront sums and monthly investments by the Killie Trust, Directors Billy Bowie and Phyllis McLeish committed further funds to the club in times of greatest need, in excess of £400,000. The support from fans has been tremendous, and everyone at the Club is extremely grateful for the contributions made.

In order to register to attend, shareholders must request access to the Club Secretary, Karen Costello via email on [email protected].

The login details for the AGM will then be sent to registered email addresses who have contacted the Club Secretary requesting a link to view this. The email will include a link and instruction on how to login to the portal.

If any shareholder does not receive an email or letter regarding the AGM, please get in touch – please note posted letters may not arrive until Monday!
 

 

Youth Academy

The Academy has started back albeit in a slightly restricted format, with junior players now in for two sessions per week. The under-18s started back on Friday 19 March, initially being restricted to non-contact training.  In order to participate in the u-18s league, which is expected to resume around 9 April, Clubs are required to test players. This brings an additional cost for the full testing regime.

 

Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust
With Primary-aged children returning to school, the Hexagol has been out and about across East Ayrshire. The KCST team has joined up with NHS Ayrshire and Arran to bring the ‘Weigh To Go’ programme virtually for the first time. Taking place over Zoom every Wednesday from 6-7pm, the current programme is open to males aged 16 and over, with plans to launch a female programme in the summer.

The 12-week programme includes regular health check and physical activity ideas with trained instructors and provides a supportive and motivational space to learn about healthy eating, food labelling and advice on cooking healthy meals.

For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected].
 

 

 
Commercial and Finance
The retail operations continue to go well, with the current sale having this season's season kit available at reduced prices. The commercial team is constantly looking at refreshing ranges and once again the Killie Ltd items are proving popular, as were the 1965 and 1985 retro shirts.

Following last month’s report, a number of fans got in touch regarding blue bricks and these queries have been dealt with. There has been a slight delay caused by a shipping holdup from China due to the global Covid pandemic. We expect the next load of bricks to be installed within the next 2/3 weeks. Anyone wishing to buy one can do so via the shop website: KILLIE BLUE BRICK.

The Killie Cares Fund is the perfect way to help fundraise for our community, Academy and Women's Team development whilst being in with a chance to win some great prizes. The jackpot is currently sitting at over £12,000 and our user guide is now available to download from the club website or by contacting Katrina Watson on [email protected].

If anyone has any issues regarding shop or commercial operations generally, Gregg McEwan Head of Marketing and Commercial Operations is happy to hear directly from supporters. He can be emailed at [email protected].

The first meeting of the Season Ticket Focus Group took place to discuss options for next season. Representatives from the Killie Trust, KFCSA, KFCDSA and individual fans met on a Zoom call with Club staff, Allen Kyle (Supporter Liaison Officer), along with  myself and Phyllis McLeish. This was a very constructive meeting, and the dialogue will continue at the next meeting on 8 April.

Killie Trust members have been invited to feed in thoughts and ideas to Trust Chair, Jim Thomson, so that he can reflect these in his input to the meeting.
 

 

Media and Communications
As we head towards the crucial climax to the season, the Media and Communications team have been busy providing comprehensive coverage across all our channels, including feature length interviews, alternative angle footage as well as the odd GIF!

Before departing for Philadelphia Union, Stuart Findlay sat down with our team to say a fond and heartfelt farewell to Rugby Park with an emotional interview as well as covering some of his most memorable moments in blue and white.

We've continued to welcome some familiar faces on Killie TV over the past four weeks with Andy McLaren and Mark Reilly joining us on commentary for matches against Dundee United and Motherwell respectively while record-appearance holder Alan Robertson took up the microphone for our away trip to Ross County.

Manager Tommy Wright sat down to review his first month in charge at Rugby Park while fans got to know a little bit more about Assistant Manager Paul Stephenson as part of our last weekend's half time coverage.

As I couldn’t listen at half time, I decided to play it later while doing some daily exercise on the treadmill. This maybe wasn’t the best idea as I laughed so much at the tumble drier tales, I nearly suffered an injury! Suffice to say laundry days will never be the same again!

Outside of football-related content, the manager and players showed their fun side by reading some children's stories as part of Onthank Primary School's promotion of the power of literature. 

While the media team loves creating content for the fans, they were also delighted to receive contributions from supporters themselves, including this essay from Colin Duff, providing the second instalment of the Killie Rituals series with heart-warming tales of sneaking into one particular 1980s team picture as well as the odd sneaky beverage or two while watching the club at home and abroad. You can read Colin's story in full here.

Poignantly, we released Colin's story to coincide with the one-year anniversary since fans were allowed to attend matches at Rugby Park.
 

 

Inclusion and Diversity
A group of Killie fans are looking at whether there is interest in establishing a Killie LBGTQ+ supporters’ group, to provide a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ fans to meet online initially and to help challenge prejudice and homophobia in football.  

Anyone interested can contact them via twitter @LGBTKillie and they plan to issue more information in coming weeks.
 

 

Fundraising
Two of our 1997 Scottish Cup heroes are undertaking huge challenges to raise awareness - and funds - for very worthwhile causes.

On Saturday 22 May, Mark Reilly will complete '100 for Dionne' for Reverse Rett. Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological condition that renders girls unable to walk, talk or feed themselves and requiring 24/7 care. Mark will run 100 miles between the four clubs he played for and he is aiming to do it in 24 hours, finishing at Rugby Park. And then in October, it's off to the Marathon des Sables: the desert marathon! You can find out more - and donate towards the £7,000 target - here.

During April, Ray Montgomerie is doing 'Run the Month' for Prostate Cancer awareness. Monty will be doing a 10K daily run. The national event aims to inspire the online community and help beat prostate cancer - the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. You can back Monty's efforts here.

Good luck to both!
 

 

 
Contacts
I can be contacted in the usual ways:

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Cathy Jamieson
Twitter: @cathyjamieson
Instagram: cathyjamiesonkillie

Best wishes

Cathy

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