A meeting was held on the 4th September at Falkirk F.C. with the following outcome agreed.
Sandy Riach remains as chairman following on from being re-elected at the AGM in May 2018.
Peter Orr remains as vice chairman following on from being re-elected at the AGM in May 2018.
Karen Disbury continues as general secretary having been elected unopposed at the AGM in May 2018 although this was not under dispute.
Peter Ritchie continues as treasurer having been elected unopposed at the AGM in May 2018 although this was not under dispute.
Stevie Sinclair continues as assistant secretary having been elected unopposed at the AGM in May 2018.
The trustees of the charity will be increased to a minimum of 5. Sandy Riach and Keith Ferguson will remain as trustees however any newly elected trustees will not be any of the current office bearers.
The goals kept flying in. . . the fans were roaring. . . loads of supporters were signing up to find out more about the new Queen of the South Disabled Supporters Association. We had our first launch meeting with Keith Ferguson from the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association.
At the Launch Meeting, some of what we discussed included the proven model of setting up Disabled Supporters groups at both the Local and the National levels and the importance of having a Pan-Disability approach to include all disabilities, as well as including Personal Assistants, Family/Friends and those, who are interested in supporting Disability initiatives. The minutes from the meeting are available upon request. Additionally the following Interim Office Bearers were appointed:
Interim Secretary: Krista Miller
Interim Treasurer: Alistair Miller
Interim Minute Secretary: Emily Davies
These positions are in place until the group gets up and running fully. We are still looking for interested people to come forward to take on the positions of Interim Chairman and Interim Vice Chairman. If you are interested, please contact the Interim Secretary.
Also, if you know of other people, who would be interested in being involved with the group, please have them contact the Interim Secretary.
We have also started a Facebook page called:
Queen of the South Disabled Supporters Association
Please like us on there, post comments in support of the group and encourage others to like us too!
We are hoping to meet again next month and hope that you can join us at the meeting. Until then, please contact us about your concerns, so that we can start to get to work with the club on improving the access for the Disabled Supporters.
Thank you for all your support!
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After helping Britain’s most northerly club to set up a DSA it was time for the SDSA to head to the South Scotland. Keith Ferguson (Chairman SDSA) had been along to a pre-season friendly between Queen of the South and Heart of Midlothian and gauged a lot of interest from Queens fans. He went back on the 10th August to meet interested fans before their opening fixture against Dundee.
Krista Miller has volunteered to be secretary and has signed up already over 20 fans to be members. They already have their own logo and facebook page. Below is a picture of Krista on the left signing up Sharon McKinney another interested fan.
Watch this space from more news direct from this DSA
After appearing on the Off The Ball radio programme the Mail on Sunday were keen to hear about how Sir Sean Connery became a patron.
Below you find the article along with a couple of follow ups. Keith Ferguson provided all the news and really like the picture taken with his framed photograph of Sir Sean in same team as his father. Unfortunately the Mail on Sunday ran out of space but we can show it!
Keith insisted that the Mail on Sunday plug the SDSA as much as possible in return for the story.
On the 16th January this year myself (as chairman of the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association) accompanied by Neil Strevens had an initial meeting with Supporters Direct at their new offices on the campus of Stirling University. We met with Paul Goodwin, Mark Reid and Andrew Jenkin and Paul gave us an interesting insight into the work SD are undertaking, their new direction and branding. The Sport and Physical Activity Policy department at The Scottish Government had encouraged the two groups to meet up.
We were able to share information about the Scottish Disabled Supporters Association and its development over the last couple of years. A couple of key issues interested both parties that being the development of accessible facilities at the National Stadium post the Commonwealth games and ticket pricing.
Many other issues were discussed and the meeting proved to be very productive with both groups agreeing to work on common interests in the future