CHAIRMAN’S NEW YEAR STATEMENT 2022
I am conscious that as we go into the New Year there have been two major decisions made by the Management that we would like to share with our fans. First of all, we formally achieved planning consent, enabling building on the south side front corner of the site. In terms of any surplus funds we have given a legal commitment to invest them entirely into two further buildings which form part of our MasterPlan: the new entrance block/sports hall and the new changing/education block next to the rear all weather pitch. The benefit derived from this will confirm the Organisation’s long-term viability and ensure that Imperial Fields is sustainable for generations to come. The scheme was fully interrogated and accepted not only by Merton but also the GLA (Greater London Authority) and Sport England. It also allows us to build further on our community plan. Our third sector delivery was recognised and highly commended during our planning application and strongly contributed to our case for the new building.
As announced earlier last week we have agreed a ground share with Kingstonian FC. This followed lengthy discussions to ensure it benefited TMUFC in the best possible way not just financially. It serves to underline that our Stadium meets the requirements of the Conference League which is where we all want TMUFC to be. It is a goal individually shared with Kingstonian and I am sure we will each be working hard to get our Clubs into the best possible shape to achieve this.
Of course, Tooting Bec FC have shared with us over the last few years and both ourselves and Kingstonian want to ensure that they have a pitch for their matches. Since coming to Imperial Fields they have expanded, and their requirements are greater. With that in mind in terms of preserving our main pitch for our 1st team matches, we have offered them the rear all weather pitch and will work with them to achieve a Step 5 grading if it is possible and we are already in discussions with them.
I am already speaking to Ashley and Cornelius about next season, and we want to start it with strong intent. Now the planning has been achieved I want to be sure that the Club is in the best possible shape for its future. All I have been working on will ensure this the case.
I understand that Graham Newsom has kindly agreed to help facilitate a dialogue with our fans to answer queries relating to the above and to offer a deeper understanding.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has stepped up to help the Club through the pandemic and difficulties we have faced. We lost two years of proper income which would have destroyed many clubs but we found our way through with our volunteers stepping up, many of whom helped with the food bank based at ours and ensured the stadium was kept intact. To come through and be able to welcome back our fans and users was a tribute to us as a Club and our ability to survive. If we all continue to pull together in this way, we have a great future ahead
As you all know, there were some major announcements made by the Club in the lead up to Christmas and I know that many of you would like to have more detail on some of these issues. The planning application and the proposed ground share with Kingstonian are just two decisions taken that are likely to have major impacts on the 1st Team and wider club as we move forward in the coming seasons. As you may have seen from the announcement from Steve Adkins, I have been asked, as a relative neutral, if I would be prepared to coordinate a Q & A to answer the questions that we have about the future direction of the club. Questions will be directed to the appropriate person – Chairman, Members Club, Team Management, etc. The only stipulation is that we should put our names to any question that goes forward.
Can I ask you to post your questions to the 100 Club email address TMUFC100@gmail.com by 10th January and the Club will then answer these questions as quickly as possible after that date.
If we get repetitive questions these will be grouped together to save answering multiple questions with the same response.
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