Nostell St. Oswald CC held their annual AGM on Sunday 17th February, with attendees from the first team, second team and club committee all present.
The roles for the forthcoming year were agreed:
The only change to the committee structure was Craig Simmons replacing Mark Casling in the role of Vice-Chairman. It was felt that Craig could offer more time towards the role during the next year. The committee thanked Mark for his hard work during the past 12 months.
Kris Thickett and Chris Slack will announce vice-captains at a future date.
The attendees discussed new signings ahead of 2019 to try and deliver a successful season on the pitch. Kris Thickett and Chris Slack updated the group with how signings were going for both teams - both were hopeful of bringing in additional players.
The idea of annual subscription fees were discussed at length. Most other clubs in the area charge a yearly fee to all members, something that Nostell have refrained from doing in recent years. The committee would like to continue without yearly fees for the time being, but acknowledged this has to be discussed further.
LJB Services and Supplies ltd will continue to sponsor the club for the 2019 season. The AGM attendees agreed that it wasn't fair that players were playing for the club without displaying the sponsor on their match shirts. This is actually against the terms of the sponsorship agreement. It was agreed that ALL first team players must wear a Nostell shirt with LJB Services and Supplies on the front during 2019. Second team players should also do the same as much as possible.
Craig Bond delivered the latest financial position of the club.
The club still has day-to-day running costs of around £2,000 per year. The match balls and yearly insurance are due to be paid out shortly.
Kris Thickett said he would look over the renewal cost of insurance to see if the club could get it any sooner.
The club are still on the look out for further sponsors; as the financial situation of the club is highly dependant on successful car boot sales during the summer months. The last sponsorship push was at the start of 2017 - but generated no further interest or income. Paul Dalby asked for a list of previous companies contacted and said he would try to contact them to arrange some meetings.
The club will also approach Ibstock brick for the possible supply of building materials and the Spread Eagle public house.
Improvements made to the security of the club have helped prevent break-ins, with shutters installed to all exterior doors ahead of the 2018 season.
The next project for the club is to renovate and clean up the kitchen area. This was discussed at the end of 2018 and has been put on hold pending further enquiries with kitchen suppliers. It is hoped that the club can purchase a showroom kitchen at a cheap price from a national retailer when they change their range.
All renovations require cash and the club has previously been restricted in the number of grants it can apply for due to the licence conditions set by the National Trust. The club have a one year rolling licence and most grant providers require a longer lease to provide funds. Further work will be done by the committee to try and maximise the ability to get grants.