The need to revisit our strategy was brought home last year when Darragh MacAnthony made an offer to buy the club. Here, Geoff Seel summarises the progress made on the strategy review that began in the spring.
In March we held an open meeting to give members and fans an opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of the club. Over 100 people attended and there was lively discussion on a variety of subjects including the stadium, communications, our community and how the club is governed. A second, less well-attended, meeting was held in the centre of London to give people who can't easily get to Kingsmeadow a chance to input their views.
Since these meetings, the various working groups that were set up and the Strategy Review Steering Committee have been sifting the views that were expressed and have produced a set of reports, which have now been turned into a document discussing eight key issues which will affect our future over the next few years. These issues include:
For each issue there is a summary of the key facts, a list of risks and potential costs and a summary of the possible choices that we face.
- how strongly we feel we need to pursue a return to Wimbledon
- the development of Kingsmeadow
- how committed we are to continuing to use volunteers
- what we regard as our community
- how we should be governed and by whom
- the extent to which our business dealings should be affected by our core values
- the extent (if any) to which we are willing to give up some control over the club in return for essential funding.
This 'Issues Document' has been distributed with the season ticket mailing and is also available to view here. Copies will also be available from the Dons Trust table in the back bar before home games. For those wanting greater detail on various issues, the backing documents from the various groups will be published on the web site as they are finalised. The first one, relating to the stadium can be viewed here here.
Before decisions are made on these issues, the fans will have another chance to express their views on these key subjects. Firstly, the Dons Trust Board will be having a meeting during August at which they will discuss the issues and they will then publish a summary of their discussions as a commentary on the issues.
We then plan to hold two open meetings, on 13 September at Kingsmeadow and on 19 September at Wimbledon Community Centre, giving the fans a chance to comment on the issues and the DT Board's commentary. Both meetings will begin at 7.30 pm.
Once this consultation exercise has been completed, the Strategy Steering Group, The DT Board and the directors of AFC Wimbledon will formulate a strategy which is intended to be ready for presentation to Dons Trust members at the Dons Trust AGM in December.
In the meantime the Stratchat site is still available as a place to discuss these and, indeed, any other issues about our future direction.