He was aware of the deadline and happily accepted it in his first response.
And....true to his word (and maybe because he was aware of my comment last night) he has responded this afternoon, proposing two possible dates for the meeting.
CH has also agreed to use the points in my initial letter as a general agenda for the meeting.
This, combined with the increase in media relations - particularly from the coaching staff, some (very) minor improvements to the website and Mr Rimmer's presence at last night's match shows a trend of at least attempting to engage since we wrote to him. I find this very encouraging.
The section of the letter which will form the basis of discussion is as follows:
As a group of supporters we remain fully supportive of the coaching and playing staff and the volunteers. We do not wish to use this meeting to level personal recrimination at any individual club official. Rather, our purpose is to raise our main areas of interest and concern, which are:
· Whitebank - the stadium remains unfit for purpose· A lack of stakeholder/supporter communication and engagement· A lack of marketing, promotion and use of electronic media & social networks· The club’s relationship, or lack of one, with Rugby Oldham· The potential impact on the club of your professional role at Leigh Sports Village· The club’s overall financial position and viability as a continuing businessWe believe these are the main contributing factors to a lack of supporter engagement with the club, and would logically form the main topics of discussion.
There are also concerns that the current business model of a single owner/director excludes supporter and stakeholder involvement in the business of the club. This limits potential engagement, funding and recruitment of additional expertise. We would like to discuss the potential for some level of supporter ownership, possibly via the official Supporters Trust, and a realistic timetable for a move to this business model.
Excellent news. Real grounds for optimism.