21st August 2019, 18:50
Update from the Board
Progress is being made...
Rochdale Hornets Board Update – August 2019
The board of Rochdale Hornets would like to provide the following update on the work being carried out on several current issues at the club, as part of increased communication between directors and members/supporters moving forward.
- The Board identified gaps in expertise in finance and legal support, and has been successful in engaging an accountant and lawyer as advisors to ensure financial and governance controls are in place.
- We have been working hard on the construction and financing of a budget that allows us to be competitive in League One next season, despite the loss of over £100,000 in income due to relegation from the Championship. Progress is being made and we are currently speaking to a number of players over contracts for 2020.
- We are in the process of finalising pricing structures for match day tickets, season tickets, hospitality boxes and membership subscription, and hope to be in a position to make announcements shortly.
- We are actively looking to increase the club’s sponsorship and commercial portfolios, on the back of a really well received sponsors’ day at the recent game with Leigh Centurions on August 11. We would like to thank former Hornet Danny Sculthorpe for providing his services for the event free of charge, and the SG6 Foundation, which we are proud to support as a club. Any businesses or individuals who are interested in our many sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve.Kerr@hornetsrugbyleague.com. We would also like to thank existing sponsors for their invaluable support.
- We are actively pursuing a financial resolution with The Stadium Company to the two cancelled games scenario at the Crown Oil Arena earlier this season.
- Planning for an end of season event is well underway – watch this space for further information.
- Continuing to strengthen links with the Rochdale Hornets Past Players’ Association, who along with Tony Pratt we would like to thank for their support and generous sponsorship of the Leigh home game. The Association has also kindly agreed to sponsor the Bradford Bulls game on September 8 as part of an on-going partnership moving forwards.
- The board is actively looking to further increase its skills set through co-options to the board, particular in the areas of human resources, communications and media, IT and a Society Secretary, enabling the club to function more effectively. We have already approached members who we are aware posses these skills but they have respectfully declined at this present time. We very much welcome expressions of interest, which should be sent to the Chairman, Peter Rush, at the following email address: Peter.Rush@Rochdale.gov.uk. Being a full member of the board does involve taking on formal responsibilities, and here is a link to the Co-op’s guide to being a director: https://www.uk.coop/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/essential_society_director_0.pdf. As a Board we are keen to expand our skill set, and are also willing to set up sub-committees that people with relevant skills and/or experience can join, without taking on the formal responsibility which the directors have for ensuring the successful running of the club.
- Medium Term plans for the Board are - developing/strengthening the co-operative organisational form of the club as the Industrial and Provident Society Models are now outdated and the Board are exploring Sport England organisational Model as discussed at the Members Meeting 30thMay 2019 with guest speaker Andy Walsh.
- Long-term planning for the 2021 season has commenced.
In closing, 2020 promises to be one of the most challenging seasons in Rochdale Hornets’ history and as a board we will do everything in our power to ensure it is a successful one. We encourage everyone with Hornets at heart to pull together and provide their input so we can move forward together.