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Sonstrust Newsletter – May 2015

May 22, 2015

It’s been another memorable season for Sons fans. The run-in to our 2014/15 League campaign was tough, but achieving security in the SPFL Championship with six games to go was an amazing achievement for a small, part-time club – and the squad adjustment and rebuilding is now well underway.

As ever, your support and that of all fans is part of the success. Through our Sonstrust club director we have secured the reintroduction of the ‘early bird’ period for season tickets – ensuring not just that you can purchase yours for 2015/16 within that window for no increase over  the 2014/15 price, but that you will also be entered into a draw which could win you your season book free of charge, or a DFC beanie hat and scarf,  during the Loyalty Period – which runs through to 29th May.

We are now urging you to get your season ticket as soon as possible. The early income is vital to helping Ian Murray and his team in the demanding task of renewing the squad for another tough and demanding campaign ahead. Please also encourage family and friends to sign up! If you are already a season ticket holder, you will have received the renewal letter and form by post. If you are not, you can get them online at http://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/

Dumbarton v Raith Rovers 02.05.15

Now is also the beginning of our Sonstrust membership renewal period.  Again, we want as many people to pay their tenner (a bargain!) as soon as they can. This year we are aiming for a record membership of as near to 400 people as possible. We are already one of the most active trusts in the country, and the work we do depends on your involvement.

This past season we have completely renewed our programme to make it full colour, and one of the best in Scotland. We have established a Community Purpose Fund. We have continued to organize away travel, to support DFC youngsters; to maintain the club and trust web and social media presence; to put on events, and to back our DFC friends in Gambia.

We have also played a major role in the formation of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (http://www.scotzine.com/2015/04/sfsa-mobilising-fans-to-change-the-scottish-game/), which for the first time will give ALL fans a say in the future of the game. All this and more takes a huge amount of work by a dedicated team of people. A big thank-you to everyone involved!

DFC-Programme

An important part of our work over recent months has involved engaging with the club over proposals by the owners for a possible news stadium development at Renton. We played a big part in getting over 200 to the first statutory consultation on that. We also organized a frank and positive public meeting; communicated with the fans and gathered their views; relayed concerns to the club; met with Community Councils and others in the community; liaised with local politicians and representatives; stayed closely in touch with the planning process; kept you informed through our website, social media and the local press; and reported in full at our AGM.

We are continuing to monitor, report, comment on and engage with the stadium development process – which is moving ahead, but slowly at the moment – and our communications and projects officer, Simon Barrow, who has lead responsibility for this, is happy to talk with you at anytime. You can contact him on 07850 120413 or at simonbarrowuk@gmail.com.

We will of course keep you fully up-to-speed on this and other issues – but having a large and vocal trust membership is vital to securing the interests of fans and the community as the club moves forward. We cannot stress that enough. So do rejoin and get others to do so.

We will be in touch further as the fast-approaching close season develops. Thanks once again for all your support in 2014/15!

The Sonstrust Board

 

 

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