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November 19, 2017

An Update On Positive Ideas From the Nottingham Ice Hockey Supporters Trust

 

From the outset, the aim of the Nottingham Ice Hockey Supporters Trust has been and will continue to be positive. The Trust has never been about protest or about seeking to get anyone in the Club management replaced. In outline -  

 

We want the Trust to be able to provide a co-ordinated and structured voice for the supporters of professional ice hockey in Nottingham; with a body of members that is connected to the wider community across ice hockey, fan groups from other sports organisations, the City of Nottingham and the surrounding area. Whether directly or indirectly we will seek to help the Club be the best it can be. 

 

We have consistently recognised and applaud the fact that the Club has made significant, positive strides over the last 10 months or so and continues to do so. This has particularly been the case around fan engagement and projection of the Clubs external image through social media and related channels.

Also, we recognise that just like any other business, the Club must be profitable to be successful. We would like to see the profitability of the Club continue to build as this delivers the best opportunity for maximising continued investment in on- and off- ice operations, including its customer base; the fans of the Club.  

 

As a Trust we are looking to identify activities in which we can engage that will benefit the ice hockey community, the wider community around Nottingham and promote a positive image of ice hockey in a wider context. In these projects we’d be seeking to recognise the history of ice hockey in Nottingham, support the present and preserve the future.

 

The list presented here is not exhaustive and will change over time as we progress forward; and some of the projects may not necessarily come to fruition. But, we felt that the time is now right to share our thoughts on these potential activities more widely –

  • Wider support for local ice hockey

    • As part of this, you may have seen that we sponsored (via a specific member donation) a recent match of the Nottingham Lions; getting a good number of members down to the game to add their support; THANKS to those who joined us at the game!

    • We are in discussion with University Mavericks (the combined East Midlands universities ice hockey club) to potentially provide some sponsorship for a future tournament to be held in Nottingham (again via a specific member donation)

  • Given the history of ice hockey in Nottingham, the significance of other ice sports to the city and at a national level, coupled with the community and social significance of the ice rink, we could investigate the potential of getting the National Ice Centre classified as an Asset of Community Value; seeking to establish some protections for the future of the facility for all users across the community

  • Explore a recommendation to broker a potential commercial proposal that could maximise seat sales across Blocks 17/18/19 for specified games that otherwise would never sell out

  • Explore and develop a joint venture with the Nottingham Forest FC Supporters Trust to establish an on-going community foodbank project

  • Potential to liaise with the City Council on a proposal for historic plaques to be developed in Bolero Square; this could be focused on the history of ice hockey or potentially all ice sports in the city

  • Potential to start a cross- Trust / sports fan group engagement around Nottingham 2023 – the future City of Culture bid activity. We believe that sport is a fundamentally positive contributor to the culture of the city and that sports fans could collectively have a significant part to play in the bid

  • Campaign for support of increased diversity associated with our sport

  • We also intend developing a Members Questionnaire to seek direct feedback from the membership on what they want to see from the Trust and identify what they would be prepared to contribute towards in any way

Hopefully you can see the positive intent in the aims of the Trust and the things we are looking to get involved in. We are keen to get members views on these activities or ideas for further positive actions that we could take.

 

However, the volunteer working party group that makes up the Interim Board of the Trust will need to reach out to the members to see if anyone is interested in assisting to get some of these activities off the ground; or other suitable proposals. 

 

As we move forward into the process for running elections to establish the formal Trust Board all our members will have the opportunity to put themselves forward – more on this as we move forward

If you are interested in helping run or work on any of the activities / projects outlined above, or have further ideas, please get in touch with us via the Trust email account -  

 

contact@nihst.org

 

Thanks.

On behalf of the NIHST Interim Board. 

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