In the week when the Giants have announced their season-ticket deals for 2015, there is currently a lot of talk among fans about how the Giants can attract more people to matches.
As it stands, there are quite a few individuals putting their ideas to the club. This is great.
However, think how much more effective this would be if a group was formed to co-ordinate all these views and then present them to the club.
There is such a group – the Supporters Association. We meet regularly with the top brass and put our – and your – views and suggestions forward.
However, we are a pitifully small organisation, especially compared with other clubs. This means that when we ask for volunteers (to help the club) only a small number have the time.
Let’s say that 5% of our members volunteer to help at a particular event. This is a fairly typical figure for most voluntary organisations. This means that out of 150 members, seven people give up their time.
Suppose now we grew to a membership of 1,000. Fifty people would now be organising and helping, so the workload would be less as all of them would not be required at every activity.
I challenge all of you with these great ideas to attend our annual meeting on October 14 and join us, perhaps you’ll join the committee.
We have lots of ideas about how to get people more involved, but lack the manpower to carry them through.
Strength in numbers – like the analogy of tearing paper. One sheet can easily be torn but when lots of sheets are put together in a book, they are nigh-on impossible to tear.
Volunteer with us and you will be helping the club.
Nominations for the committee can be made via any member (forms are available at Turnbridge WMC) or online: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html.
Still not convinced? “What’s in it for me?”
Just one example for now.
One advantage of being on the committee is that you get to meet – and become friends with – your heroes of yesteryear.
Players like Tony Johnson and Derek Wroe. Great servants of the club who I used to watch with awe (honestly Tony!). They are currently doing a great job with the Players Association and we are in regular contact with each other to see how we can help the club more.
Players like Ian Van Bellen and Ken Senior. Do you walk past them in the street thinking “I wish I could have a chat with them”? You meet them at functions, thereby enabling you to start a conversation when you see them.
You get to meet people like RFL chief Nigel Wood and tell him what you think!
So, don’t laugh at us when we promote the Association. Don’t say “It’s not for me”. At the very least join us.
The more of us there are, the more we can help this great club of ours.
Remember, win the next three games and we will be recognised as champions!
In conclusion, we would like to belatedly thank John and Candy at the Shoulder Of Mutton, Lockwood, for sponsoring our Cup Final BBQ.