This unique opportunity to hear from, and question, a panel of Spurs journalists will be held in the City (venue tbc) on the evening of January 24th. Put the date in your diary and look out for the Eventbrite invitation which you’ll receive later this month. We hope to see you there – something to cheer up the cold, dark winter evenings...
Levi Harris, THFC Head of Supporter Engagement
This month sees the Club's Head of Supporter Engagement, Levi Harris, leave Spurs after four and a half years. We would like to place on record our appreciation for Levi who has been our main point of contact for the operational work we do with the Club, as well as acting as a liaison between the Club Board and our Board, and other supporter groups.
Levi has walked the often difficult line between his employers and THST’s Board, in many important areas including:
- facilitating the negotiations and the setting up of the Fan Advisory Board;
- the logistics around matchday operations;
- arranging briefing sessions and meetings for us with various club departments including stewarding, ticketing and catering;
- providing thorough briefings prior to European away matches and trips to new destinations for away games in England, and valuing our input and experience in these areas;
- working with us to provide a full debrief to UEFA where appropriate;
- arranging Board level meetings for our officers;
- working with us to ensure that the supporters’ interests are considered at all levels of club decision making.
- honouring supporters who have passed away, eg through testimonials in match day programmes;
- responding to requests for support for fans, at difficult times in their lives, including through calls from Club legend, Gary Mabbutt;
- assistance with disputes with the Club;
- providing special guests and raffle prizes for THST events such as our quiz nights and barbecues.
THST AGM 2024
As a Community Benefit Society, registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, we are required to hold an AGM each February. We are currently in the process of confirming a date and venue for our 2024 AGM. Please look out for a formal Convening Notice, which will be sent via email to all Full and Life members in the coming weeks. We will be looking for members to stand for election to the Trust Board. If this is something that interests you, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial discussion. As always, full communication will be posted on our dedicated AGM web page throughout the process.
Trust Vice-Chair Michael Green recently attended a meeting of the FSA Premier League Network alongside Proud Lilywhites Co-Chair and FAB board member Chris Paouros. Among the topics discussed were action on increasing sustainability in the game, an update on the Government’s Fan Led Review, the establishment of FABs or similar bodies at PL clubs, match broadcasting and kick off times (with particular reference to the staging of Wolves v Chelsea on Christmas Eve) and ticket pricing/touting. Both Chris and Michael described the admittedly short history of the operation of the FAB at Tottenham and, while there is no doubt room for improvement, our experience to date compares favourably with some of our PL peers.
Studio 306 Collective
If you live near or in Wood Green we would encourage you to attend the Christmas Open Studio of one of our favourite charities: Studio 306 Collective. You will be able to buy some beautiful Christmas presents and know that you are supporting a wonderful cause. Studio 306’s mission is to support local, disadvantaged people as they recover from mental health problems. It offers a creative space where people can rediscover forgotten skills, develop new ones and boost their confidence within a working environment. Studio 306 Collective is a not-for-profit organisation, so every penny made from the sale of their products goes back into supporting the project. You can read more about them here.
Christmas Open Studio
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, 12pm - 6pm
Studio 306, The Red Building, Parkland Road, Wood Green, London N22
Love and Power Campaign
We recently met with two representatives of Love and Power, a non-profit organisation launching a nationwide campaign to make sure there are baby changing facilities in toilets which are accessible to ALL caregivers - including dads and grandads. Of course those who care for people with disabilities that require toileting assistance, also need to be able to access these. Only 15 per cent of toilets in the UK have baby changes accessible to men, but parenting and caring is a shared responsibility, and they believe, as do we, that fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and male caregivers should have the same access to essential facilities as their female counterparts and that every caregiver deserves access to clean, and safe spaces to attend to these needs.
The organisation is starting the campaign with football stadia. Football clubs are special: so many of us were first taken to them by our dads, and many have worked hard to create a family friendly vibe.
We were pleased to be able to affect an introduction to the Club for Love and Power to celebrate Spurs who HAVE got baby changes accessible to men by accrediting them as their first organisation.
There's more information on their website here Should this be an area that interests or affects you, do let us know by writing to us at info@THSTOfficial.com . We are happy to pass on any feedback on this issue relating to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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