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Killie Trust - 2020 Review

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Dear Killie Trust member,

As we prepare to welcome you to the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26th November, now seems an appropriate time to reflect on some of the Trust's activities in 2020; a year like no other. Throughout this newsletter, there will be links you can click on - these will tell you more about the many projects and events which have taken place so far this year.

It is thanks to the backing of members and subscribers that the Trust has been able to make such a positive contribution to Kilmarnock FC - and the wider community - even in the most challenging of circumstances for all of us.

Thank you to all of you.

Best wishes

Jim, Cathy, Andy, Blair, Bryan, Gemma, Gordon, James and Stuart

The Trust Board


We started the new year with a new project, backed by Trust membership general funds. Working with Club and community groups is at the heart of what the Trust is all about so we were delighted to be able to supply new tracksuits for the Killie Cheerleaders!


In February, Trust Club Director Cathy Jamieson sent members and subscribers her first monthly update. The detailed updates Cathy provides are intended to inform our members and subscribers as much as possible and strengthen the relationship between Club, Trust and supporters.


The third 'On Board In Person' event featured Kilmarnock FC's Head of Football Operations, James Fowler. James gave a detailed overview of his role and took many questions from Trust members in attendance. We are delighted that James is also now a member of the Trust!

March proved a very challenging time across the world with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting all of our lives. In order to support the Club, Trust members overwhelmingly (98%) backed the Board's proposal that monthly 'Trust In Killie' subscriptions be transferred directly to the Club. As the third-largest shareholder in the Club, with Board representation, it is very important that we are able to support the Club when it needs it, with the support of members.


The Trust Board had planned a night of celebration on the 55th anniversary of the 1965 league championship win of 24th of April, with former players and fans having the chance to discuss all things Killie. Sadly, when lockdown happened it quickly became obvious that such an evening would just not be possible.

In these days of social media – and with the silver lining of lovely sunny weather - it was decided to hold a #killiekit day when ALL Killie fans all over world could post pictures in their Killie gear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We were totally overwhelmed and delighted with the response - and we even saw #killiekit trending on Twitter!


May was an incredibly busy month!

We ran a kit design competition, with the winners, Owen Tonner and Abbi Dickson, being chosen by Club Captain, Gary Dicker. The quality of the entries - and there were a lot! - was absolutely superb. 

Following on from the fun of April's #killiekit, we held a day of celebration on the anniversary of the 1997 Scottish Cup win. It was great to hear so many fans' memories of that great day - and we heard from a lot of the players too. You can visit the Trust website or search for #killie97 on Twitter to look back at the day's activity. And not to forget both the Big Killie Quiz, which provided a lot of amusement on Facebook, and the launch of the Killie Histories podcast with a chat with Ray Montgomerie!


June was a 'quiet' month as the Trust focused a lot of its attention on supporting the Club wherever possible. However, we did find time to back memorabilia collector Sandy McCutcheon's auction of a 1965 replica shirt. Sandy kindly offered all proceeds to the Trust - and we called on a couple of friends to help: Ronnie Hamilton and Davie Sneddon. The signed shirt is a real collector's item and it raised an amazing £800, with the winning bid by Ray Hill.

We also helped West FM in their search for good news stories involving Killie supporters helping in the community.

Oh, and we launched our new website which aims to celebrate everything good about the Trust; past, present and future.

Maybe June wasn't so quiet after all...


Two community projects were launched in July, The first: Teqball. Teqball is football table tennis. As well as being great fun, is also fantastic to use to develop technical skills, concentration and stamina. Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust's General Manager, Paul Di Giacomo, identified Teqball as an item which will enhance the KCST's work in the community.

At the end of the month, the Club revealed the new mascot, Captain Conker, funded jointly by the Trust and the Kilmarnock FC Supporters' Association. The Captain is the design of several talented schoolchildren and has already been seen out-and-about in the community.
The Trust continue to receive very generous season ticket and mascot package donations from individuals and businesses who have the football club and our local community in their hearts and want to contribute in some way. In July, we were delighted to be able to send several season tickets to East Ayrshire Council for distribution to supporters who might not otherwise be able to attend games.

Finally for July, Cathy Jamieson was joined by Alex Dyer for the latest instalment of 'On Board In Person'. This time, a bit of creative thinking was involved in order to ensure the event went ahead. You can see the full session on YouTube.


The start of the new season was very different for everyone. On the opening day, the Trust ran an online event. Actor Steven Cree kicked it off, and hundreds of fans shared pictures of themselves watching the 1-1 with Celtic. You can see more on our website or by searching #killieareback on Twitter.

To support the Club's media team, the Trust used general funds to purchase a new video camera in order to help provide even more coverage of the goings-on around the Club. You can find out more here.

Later in the month, nearly one hundred flags were on display. The Trust - with help from designer Ross Calderwood - gave fans the opportunity to buy personalised flags. And they look brilliant!


September was a very significant month for the Trust as - with 'Trust In Killie' funds - the membership backed us becoming official partners of the Kilmarnock FC Youth Academy

The Kilmarnock FC Academy plays a key role in the Football Club and a partnership will further the aim of the Killie Trust mission statement, "to promote, develop and support Kilmarnock FC and sport in the community".


Forty hand sanitisers and hands-free bins were installed in the stadium, bearing the Trust branding. In addition, ten mobile sanitising stations have now been delivered for use at turnstiles when we are allowed to return to Rugby Park.

Currently, the mobile stations are being regularly utilised by the KFC Academy, KCST for community activities and by customers attending the Killie Shop. Another way in which Trust funds are supporting the Club in a practical way!

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