Looking Forward to an Exciting Future !Archived Message
Posted by Co-op Board on 16/1/2020, 6:43 pm
COUNTY LOOK FORWARD TO AN EXCITING NEW FUTURE
The Stockport County Supporter’s Co-operative (Co-op) would like to welcome Mark Stott and his team to Edgeley Park. Mark has outlined an exciting vision to develop the football club, both on and off the field, provide first class training facilities, full time football, development squads, help to regenerate the local area and has ambitions for the Club to eventually play in the Championship. The Co-op have been working closely with the football club and have met with Mark Stott and his team prior to the sale taking place. We were seeking assurances on behalf of Co-op members and Stockport County supporters. Mark was able to confirm that the Club would be debt free following the change of ownership, an assurance that we welcomed wholeheartedly. We reiterated how important Jim Gannon is to the success of Stockport County, and this view was mirrored by Mark Stott and he confirmed further that funds would be made available to Jim, immediately to assist this season. A good budget will be provided next season. Assurances were sought and received about the Club remaining at Edgeley Park – and in this respect we were shown impressive development plans, that served to underline the new owner`s obvious commitment to County remaining at our Edgeley Park. In 2015, Help the Hatters set up the Players Fund, which raised an initial £35,000 and these funds were allocated to the playing budget of the first team. In return, 17,500 shares were allocated and held by the Stockport County Supporters Co-operative on behalf of the supporters. The Co-op is a legal entity, registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefits Act 2014, is governed by the Financial Conduct Authority and is a member of the Football Supporters’ Association. The Co-op will open discussions with Help the Hatters regarding how the proceeds of the sale of our shareholding following the successful negotiations, will be allocated. We would like to thank the outgoing board of directors, having worked closely together to transform the future of the football club, resulting in our fantastic promotion campaign last season. An example of our successful campaigns is the Community Ticket initiative, which has enabled over 5,000 youngsters to watch a live game at Edgeley Park – and helped develop our fan base for the future. We would also like to thank Steve Bellis for maintaining regular dialogue and meetings between the Co-op and Club directors. This work has provided the supporters with a much stronger voice, representation and ensured that our voice is heard within the football club. The Co-op look forward to working closely with the new board of directors at Stockport County and to continuing dialogue and regular meetings, to represent the views of our members and the supporters – as the club’s largest stakeholder. We wish Mark and his team all the best during their time at Stockport County. Join the Co-op and help provide the supporters with a stronger voice. Membership is just £12 for adults, £3 for 16 to 25 year olds and £1 for under 16’s.