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Hello all my fellow Trust members! Yours truly Spelly here with a Trust update from me for, and on behalf of my fellow Trust Board Members,
How are you coping with the lockdown? You're not allowed to say "Bored!" I get that every time I speak to my grandkids! 😂 😂 😂
No RL (nor any other sport for that matter) to go to, but let's face it, that's a very small price to pay, coz the whole World is at war against this virus, so I hope these few words give you a boost meantime.
The Lions' Trust is still here albeit not as visible as we would normally be but we are still doing what we can to help the team and the club we all love so dearly in these uncertain times. So please (if you contribute that way) keep your standing order payments coming in (all very gratefully received!) and if you've previously paid by cash during the year please consider paying by the online bank! It's just easy to do (just check lower down) These are uncertain times for the sport of Rugby League, and as always, we are here to help the club, as with the turnstiles not clicking, the income streams are not like they were expected to be. Like Mr Tesco continually reminds us "Every little helps!" I know you will do so!
Once the restrictions are lifted, we'll be re-igniting the functions we had planned, plus generating new ones, and we can then all embrace summat like normality once again. In the meantime, keep financially supporting us, follow the club and trust social media, and in particular, follow The Swinton Lion on twitter, his connect 4 challenges have seen him around the world, and at the time of writing his unbeaten run continues!
It won't be today, and it won't be tomorrow, you know that, and so do I, but rest assured, we will see an end to this pandemic, and whilst we're currently in these unprecedented times, remember, each morning when you wake up, we'll be one day more near to us watching the boys in blue once more, so...............
Stay safe one and all, and please, please, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, obey the guidelines. You know it makes sense!
See you soon, keep smiling, and.....................
COME ON YOU LIONS!!!!!!
The club was saved from extinction in 2017 by a fantastic cummulative effort of everyone connected with the club and also the rugby league family. The first JustGiving page raised an outstanding £10,709, thanks to all who donated.
That page had to close down so as to allow the club access to the money as it takes 7/10 days for the funds to be transferred. As one of Betfred Championship clubs with the lowest RFL funding the fight to survive continues and another site has been setup. Please visit JustGiving.com if you would like to donate.
Total amount raised so far, £ Thanks to you all.
Trust Update – Autumn 2019
The Swinton Lions Supporters’ Trust Annual General Meeting will be held at the Lions’ Hall of Fame, White Lion, Swinton on the 12th November 2019. All paid up members as of the 14th October 2019 should have already received the AGM paperwork via the email address we have for them or by post this week if we don’t.
The AGM is a meeting for members only and if you do wish to attend and vote but are not yet a member of the Trust then you need to join now! Please email either Sam Collier or Stephen Parker for details.
Dates for your diaries –
3rd, 17th Nov, 1st Dec. 1-3pm - Bingo at the Oddies.
28th November 7.30pm - Lions Heritage Evening - with Q & A with former players and a look back at the Lions from 100 and 50 years ago. Swinton Legion. Tickets £5.
15th December - Junior Lions Christmas Party. Folly Lane ARFLC. All children £5.
24th January 2020 7pm – Race Night. Boothstown Royal British Legion. Tickets Adults £5, U16’s £2.
Trust News Summer 2019
Next Trust meet 10th September 8pm. All supporters welcome to come and listen and take part.
An opportunity for all fans to meet and discuss all things Trust, community and most importantly Club matters. Each meeting is attended by a club official and this offers the perfect opportunity to ask any questions about anything club related.
Trust on behalf of the Club and the Community Foundation continue to share the word of the Swinton Lions to our local community in Summer of Rugby ’19.
- Dana the Lion sharing the love for the Lions with new Lions fans!
- St Andrews CE Primary Skool Fest ’19 was a great success and has encouraged new fans to come to watch the team.
- Walkden Summer Festival – with flyers being distributed to the local community encouraging support for the Barrow game. Photo opportunities for children with Dana!
- Folly Lane ARLFC Open Day at Blue Ribbon – 24th August – Fun day! See recent media posts for info.
- Salford’s Big Bay Out – Saturday 14th September – Fans needed for this day to assist in spreading the word. Just come for as long as you can. All we ask is for enthusiasm!!
Local Community groups as Mascots and Flag bearers. This year we have enticed new attendees from local Brownie, schools, Junior RL clubs, musicians, bands and clubs to walk out with the team or hold the flags aloft when the players walk onto the pitch. Making the day so special that they want to come back.
Trust selling merchandise for both Trust and Club at the pop-up shop at home games and raising funds through the Facebook Auction page and just giving page. A continued success story.
Trust continue to contribute to the cost of the training facilities for the team and we also pay for the smaller items that help the match day run smoothly.
Successful Quiz Night in July, shared with Pride Builder and a massive thanks to Charlie and Lynsey for hosting.
Assistance in the organizing and planning for the End of Year Presentation Night.
Trust in sponsorship deals to the community – teams at Folly Lane ARLFC, Bury Broncos as well as our Cat 3 Academy TRC Swinton Lions.
Raffle Donations on behalf of the club and trust to local events/fundraisers, Borough Social Cancer Research Event, BOC fundraiser, Cadishead Rhinos, St Andrews, Boothstown etc. Gift bags to the U17 Ligue PACA de Rugby a XIII team.
Bouncy castle, arts and craft and face painting provision and musician/band organizing at our home games.
We need YOU to ensure we can deliver more of our objectives, to help the club, foundation and the wider community. If you are not a member then join us and volunteer with us no matter how small your contribution it is most welcome. A bigger and better trust means we can achieve so much more. If you are not a trust member, details are on the membership page. Of course any other donations gratefully received!
Message from the Chair
It is the time of year where may of our members are due to renew their trust membership for another year and yours may be due now. If you are paying monthly or have already renewed then thank you in continuing to be a member. It is really and honestly appreciated.
Your subscription to the Trust does two things, firstly it provides the Trust with a stable monthly or annual income which we can then put to good use in meeting the our aims. Secondly it allows you, the member to be part of an organisation that is contributing and supporting the local rugby league community and most of all the assistance in the running of the Swinton Lions RLFC Club. All for just a small membership cost.
We, the Trust Board and myself as Chair are here to serve our membership and do our best always to meet the Trust aims and objectives. To enable us to do what we do well and to help make a difference we need you, our members and we need you to retain your membership to the Trust for the nominal minimum sums of £2/month or £24/year. Due to our standing as a Registered Society our rates have to be low and affordable so as to be open to all who wish to join. This means that for us to make a real difference in what we do we need to fund raise, something which over the years we have been very successful in doing and continue to do so. We can though, do so much more with an increased membership and with increased donations and an increase in those members and supporters who can assist in our day to day operations.
So in simple terms, if your subscription is due, please renew. If you can consider increasing the amount you pay then please do so as every penny and pound we get is put back into the pot to be re-used and if you can consider being able to volunteer to help the Trust in our day to day operations then I want to hear from you also. Email me or speak to me where you find me during match days.
If you have recently changed bank accounts and have mislaid our details or if indeed you know of others who should be joining us then please share the membership form attached also. In the days now of internet banking and apps you obviously can set up the standing order online and then all you have to do is get the completed form to us and say that it has been set up.
We look forward to hearing and seeing you soon.
Stephen - Trust Chair
Trust News March 2019
* Trust next meeting 12th March 8pm where we have a special guest, our Club Chairman Andy Mazey will be joining us for an overall club update and a Q & A session. All supporters welcome to come and listen and take part.
* Trust working with the Club and the SL Community Sports Foundation to develop the community strategy for this year and beyond. The recent press release provided more details on how we are working together to make progress on this in 2019 - https://swintonlionsrlfc.co.uk/news/swinton-lions-to-step-up-efforts-in-the-community. Whilst we have some volunteers joining the team we do of course welcome additional help from those who feel that they can assist us, just come and have a chat.
* Trust making plans to share the Lions’ spirit to the community of Swinton and surrounding areas this summer. We are taking part in the St Andrews CE Primary, Boothstown Family Music Day in June. Trust and Club stall, players, TRC and Foundation getting the brand Swinton Lions out there to our community. Salfords’ Big Day Out in September where the team will be working hard again.
* Trust need community groups and youngsters as flag bearers and mascots and to walk out with the team at each home game and to enjoy the whole match-day experience. Spread the word and make contact if your group say yes! Special entrance arrangements available.
* Trust continuing to push the merchandise of both the Trust and Club and to raise funds through the Facebook Auction page and the just giving page.
* Trust continue to contribute to the cost of training facilities for the team and pay for the smaller items that help the match day run smoothly.
* Trust in sponsorship deals to the community – the Trust are proud sponsors of teams at Folly Lane ARLFC, Bury Broncos as well as our Cat 3 Academy TRC Swinton Lions. Looking forward to developing and making the most of these improving and new relationships this year.
* Trust need YOU to ensure we can deliver more of our objectives, to help the club, foundation and the wider community. If you are not a member then join us. A bigger and better trust means we can achieve so much more. If you are not a trust member, details as to how to join are on the website www.lonstrust.co.uk and can be as little as £2/month or £24 a year! Of course any other donations gratefully received!
If anyone has any queries regarding the Trust, please ask any board member or message me direct email@example.com
Trust News December 2018
The Junior Lions Christmas Party held recently was again a massive success. A big thanks to Moe, Charlie and Tracey for hosting and organizing the afternoon and a super thank you to our mascot Dana and the special guest Father Christmas for coming along. All Junior Lions, their parents, grandparents and guardians had a super afternoon.
As you will have seen in recent social media posts and club releases as well as the kit launch night, the Trust is now proud to be one of the kit sponsors of the club into 2019 with the Trust logo being present on the shorts.
The Trust can also confirm that as we did in 2018 we will be contributing financially towards the squad training budget in 2019.
Folly Lane ARLFC U9’s will be proudly wearing trust sponsored kit into 2019. Look out for an opportunity to share in what they do as we move into the New Year.
Dana was present at the recent Folly Lane ARLFC presentation morning helping to hand out the year end trophies to their youngest teams. It was also great to see our local rival Salford City Reds’ Jackson Hastings even trying on a Folly Kit with the Trust logo on show, later on in the day! The Trust helping in the community of Swinton to promote rugby league, one of our objects and this is something the trust is proud to be associated with.
The Trust held the Mancs and Lancs Night at the Swinton Legion in November. Many thanks to those who made the night a success both in entertainment value and in raising more funds for the Trust.
There will be a need into the 2019 season for some additional volunteer support at home games, if any supporters can lend a hand please let me know.
Look out for more things for the Junior Lions to get involved in during the next season. The first big thing to let you know is that we want a team full of Junior Lions being mascots, walking out with the team each home game. We just need an idea of names and numbers before each game, we only have 13 on-field players!
2019 we know will be another tough season but the Trust along with the rest of the supporters and people involved in the club are going to be working hard to ensure it is as successful as possible.
To help us be bigger and be better we need more Trust members and more ideas as to how we can promote the role of the trust within our community. A bigger and better trust means we can achieve so much more. If you are not a trust member, details as to how to join are on the website and can be as little as £2/month or £24 a year!
Trust News October 2018 - Confirmation of Lancashire Day celebrations
The Supporters’ Trust are proud to present a MANCS AND LANCS night. In recognising what’s now on our shirt and our badge and in the run up to Lancashire Day (27th) an evening “mid-break merriment” to help keep that “Championship Lions spirit” alive until next season.
Artists confirmed are: ACOUSTIC JOHN (with music you’ll know), DANNY “Clarkey” CLARKE (the human jukebox) and gifted guitarist LINDA JENNINGS (The Voice UK 2017), hosted by Rob Dunford.
EVENT OPEN TO ALL. Doors 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. LATE BAR plus LANCASHIRE HOTPOT SUPPER and RAFFLE.
Tickets ADULTS £10, CONCESSIONS £5 available from the usual suspects (Greens, White Swan, Oddies) or via 0161 793 5441 and with selective delivery in the Swinton area. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check Trust social media for updates and further info.
Presentation Night - 5th October
The 2018 End of Season Player Presentation Evening will take place at the Swinton Legion on Friday 5th October at 7:30pm.
Tickets are available for just £10 with children under 16 granted free admission (with a ticket) which includes a buffet supper. To purchase your ticket for the evening, please contact Stephen Parker at email@example.com to secure your place at this celebratory evening.
Notice to all Trust members
Please can all members who are aware that their contact details have recently changed ensure that our Membership Secretary Sam Collier is informed, this includes those who may think that they have missed out on recent emails/post.
This can be done by post to Swinton Supporters’ Trust Membership Officer, 36 Pexhill Drive, Broken Cross, Macclesfield SK10 3LP or by email to Sam Collier.
Trust News August 2018
An update as to what the Trust have been up to this month.
Monthly contributions to the club training budget continue.
Have agreed to pay/sponsor Folly U9’s kit.
Have agreed to pay for the TRC/Cat 3 Academy kit for this next year.
Plan to hold the next Trust AGM in Oct or Nov where board positions are up for grabs.
Junior Lion's numbers tally at 47 and are slowly rising.
Our new Dana volunteer is getting more involved, despite a recent operation!
Preparation for the Player Presentation Night on 5th Oct starting to take shape. More details on this soon.
Plans for another evening of music and merryment on 23rd November underway which will also celebrate Lancashire Day.
Donation made on behalf of trust to nominated charities following the death of Clinton Maxwell Blakeley.
Trust members continue to man the gate, sell programmes & golden gamble, trust and club merchandise stalls on home match days.
Trust members run and manage the trust auction page and make merchandise available away from home games.
The trust meet every 2nd Tue at 8pm White Lion, Swinton. All members welcome as well as non-members who can join on the night!
Saturday saw Trust members invited down to watch the squad train at their Saturday base at Leigh Miners Academy set up. This invitation was in recognition of the Trust's financial contributions towards the Club's training at the AJ Bell stadium during 2018 and was an opportunity for members to mingle with the Board, squad and backroom staff.
A massive thanks goes to those members who came along, to the Club, Leigh Miners for the refreshments and most of all to Stuart and the squad in allowing us behind the scenes. This is yet another example of how the Trust and the Club are working together with our other partners and how we are all part of the Swinton Lions Family. We are Proud to be Blue!
The Trust made a further investment of £2,500 as the club enters a critical stage of the season. The donations through the auction site, memberships, merchandise, plus the regular standing orders where all part of this total. Many thanks to all of our contributors.
Statement from the Supporters’ Trust - 8th June 2018
Following the club statement released earlier today the Swinton Lions Supporters’ Trust fully support the views of the club board of Directors regarding the issues highlighted.
We understand that in our present situation and to the end of the season, tensions will run high. But we would encourage that the passion of the fans should always be positive, as negative abuse never helps.
We are the Swinton Lions Family and in the LIONS we TRUST.
Documenting the Voices of Swinton RLFC
Swinton Rugby League Football Club has a rich sporting history dating back to its formation in 1866. The club has also played a central part in the social and cultural environment of the local community. Lions’ Tales is a project co-ordinated by the Swinton Lions Supporters’ Trust which aims to bring together the sporting and cultural heritage of Swinton, Pendlebury and Clifton as well as further afield by documenting the voices of the players, officials and supporters from Swinton RLFC.
So, if you are willing to be interviewed or write about your Swinton memories; or if you have Swinton RLFC memorabilia that can be made available, then contact the numbers presented below. In particular, any of the following items would be useful for the project and please note all items will be copied and recorded before being returned safely.
- Programmes (especially pre-1960)
- Photographs (action shots or team line-ups)
- Medals and/or caps
- Scrapbooks, yearbooks etc.
- Swinton RLFC playing shirts etc.
- Season ticket, match-day passes etc.
This project is supported by Supporters’ Direct and the Federation of Stadium Communities (FSC) with the view to establish how an area can connect with a local sporting club. So far, permission has been granted by the British Film Institute (BFI) to use images of Swinton RLFC from the Mitchell and Kenyon Archive from 1901. Also, research is underway to identify the numerous rugby-related drawings and paintings of LS Lowry who lived close-by to the former Station Road ground in Pendlebury. It is hoped to display all the material and memories in local schools and libraries for educational purposes and publish the results in a book.
For further details please email Ian Jackson.