Well said. Whilst it can be very challenging in light of people having other jobs and commitments to attend to, it is by being proactive that the Trust can add real value and help progress things in a positive direction from the perspective of the supporters and the Swinton community. I just hope whatever new management / investment scenario does emerge it will be respectful of the heritage and identity of the club and have a vision for the future that will nuture these things.
It would be nice to see potential new owners be broad minded enough to seek out a meaningful dialogue with the Trust, as it would be bad business for them to take the club in a direction that may alienate yet more potential supporters. On the other hand, the club hasn't achieved anything like its full potential for some time, so there is good business to be done by positively harnessing the passion for the Lions that still burns in many people despite the 20 years of exile.
But there's no escaping the bottom line that whilst the potential is there for Swinton Lions to be a perfectly sustainable and successful club at least at Championship level, achieving the brand's full potential needs a fit-for-purpose home venue and a lot of work.
Very well put.I think with investment,the right people running the club on a day to day basis,vision,a place(or places) for the Supporters Trust ie on the board and other influential areas and some elbow grease there is no reason or excuse why Swinton cannot be successful on and off the field.Yes right now Swinton are on their ###### and at probably the lowest ebb ever but Swinton is an established rugby league club that has kept going through some very difficult times and what it needs now is for someone to put in some cash and take the club by it's bootlaces or the scruff of the neck,sweep away the s**t from the past,disinfect and pressure hose it all away and start again from scratch,albeit of course it is an established club.OK something different but if you bear with me you will see where I am going.Germany after WW2 was physically wrecked,they were broken,demoralised and at an ebb far far lower than what Swinton RLFC are now.OK that country as we all know was divided but in West Germany they literally had to sweep away the remains of the awful recent at that time past,they had the right leader in charge(Adenauer)for a change,and yes of course financial investment in Marshal aid along with the people running the country and it's people putting in the work and elbow grease they soon,within 15 years started to prosper once more and that country was successfully rebuilt into a prosperous economic powerhouse that could have influence on the world table,and that prosperity pretty much lasted.So basically if a country can be successfully rebuilt within 15 years,then Swinton RLFC can be rebuilt successfully and again with some investment and the correct people I see no reason why not.