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Board meeting on Monday 5 June – minutes

The Robins Trust held a board meeting at Whaddon Road on Monday 5 June.

Board members Clive Gowing, Tarran Wilson and Murry Toms were present.

Agenda items included the re-organisation of the Trust board, acting chairman, membership, recruitment, open day arrangements and merchandise ideas.

The minutes for the meeting are now available to read in full.

Next board meeting on Monday 5 June at 7.30pm

The next step in the reorganisation of the Robins Trust will take place on Monday night.

Following the election of Murry Toms as Fan Elected Director and Clive Gowing’s decision to stand down as chairman, the Trust has been planning for changes.

An open meeting last month was attended by nearly 50 fans, many of whom registered an interest in becoming a Trust board member.

On Monday night (7.30pm) the Trust will hold a board meeting in the main bar at Whaddon Road and any fan who is interested in helping the Trust going forward is welcome to attend.

This meeting will start plotting a course for what the Trust does next as well as starting the restructuring of the Trust board.

Trust FED Murry Toms said: “The Trust will be changing in the coming weeks and months and this is your chance to be involved in that change.

“The existing board have done an outstanding job over the past decade, achieving some magnificent things.

“The key to building on that is to have a new board of Robins fans who want to do their bit going forward.

“This meeting is open to any Robins fan who wants to help and I would urge any supporter who can help comes to the meeting to help plot a course for an exciting future.”

Referees take centre stage and for once, the fans loved every minute!

Simon Hooper, Nathan Mattick and Chris Foy at Whaddon Road

A referee was the centre of attention at Whaddon Road and – for once – a group of Cheltenham Town fans loved every minute.

Former Premier League official Chris Foy was the Robins Trust’s guest for an interactive evening explaining the difficult role of the man with the whistle.

Foy is now the head of communications for PGMOL, the organisation that employs 50+ professional match officials.

And along with Select Group 2 referee Simon Hooper, he gave a fascinating insight into to recent rule changes and the tough decisions match officials have to make.

Fans were put on the spot and asked what the difference is between handball and not, as well as judging what is and isn’t holding in the penalty area.

The referees took questions after an interactive session

Robins Trust board member Tarran Wilson, who organised the event said: “Chris and Simon gave a terrific insight into the difficult life of a referee.

“We hope the fans that were there appreciated the chance to see what the man in the middle does and why decisions are made.

“As the Trust evolves we hope to put on similar events. If any fans have ideas on who they would want to see in the chair then please get in contact.”

Following an hour-long interactive presentation Foy and Hooper – who took charge of the recent League One Play Off final – then answered questions from the fans.

They were joined by Robins Trust member Nathan Mattick, the country’s first qualified powerball referee.

Murry Toms, the Trust’s Fan Elected Director added: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to Chris and Simon for giving up their time to put on a terrific session.

“Like with the recent Trust open meeting there was a heartening turnout of fans. We hope to put on similar events over the course of next season.

“The Trust are holding a board meeting on Monday  (June 5) at Whaddon Road where we will be putting together an action plan for what comes next.

“If you want to play an active part in what the Trust does next then please come along, have your say and be a part of an exciting future.”

  • The next board meeting will be held in the main bar at Whaddon Road on Monday (June 5) at 7.30pm.

Open board meeting: full minutes

The Robins Trust held an open board meeting on Monday night at the LCI Rail Stadium.

A heartening turnout saw 42 Robins fans attend with most engaging in productive discussions about the future of the Trust.

With current chairman Clive Gowing set to stand down from his post and with the election of Murry Toms as the Trust’s Fan Elected Director, the Trust will be changing.

As well as a presentation from Clive about the Trust’s activities over the past decade, board members Leo Hoenig and Tarran Wilson spoke about what comes next.

There was then an open floor meeting during which anyone and everyone was able to give their opinions with a huge number of topics covered.

The full minutes of the meeting can be downloaded and read here.

The current Trust Board hope that the encouraging turnout is a positive sign for the future.

Another meeting of the Trust Board has been arranged for Monday, June 5 (7.45pm) at the LCI Rail Stadium. Anyone who wants to be a part of the Board moving forward is welcome to attend.

New event: Meet the men in the middle

Chris Foy spent 14 years as a Premier League official

“The referee’s a ******.”

We’ve all said it, haven’t we?

Every football fan has at one time been bemused, angered or felt betrayed by the man in black, but how well do you know the rules of the game?

If you think you know more than the ref then this is your chance to prove it.

The Robins Trust is hosting a unique event at the LCI Rail Stadium featuring three very special guests.

Chris Foy spent 14 years as a Premier League official and took charge of more than 500 professional games – including the Robins’ memorable Neil Grayson-inspired win against Cardiff City in 2000.

Now, the former Fifa elite list official is working as head of community engagement with the Professional Game Match Officials and he wants to know well you know the laws of the game.

On Thursday June 1 from 7pm, Chris will be making his second trip to Whaddon Road for an evening with the Robins Trust.

Simon Hooper has been in charge of over 100 Championship games

He will be joined by Select Group 2 referee, Simon Hooper,  who has been with the EFL for eight years and has been in charge of over 100 Championship games.

He is also refereeing this weekend’s League One play-off final between Bradford and Millwall at Wembley.

In a fascinating, entertaining and interactive session, Chris and Simon will explain the latest updates to the laws of football and give an insight in to why, and how, referees make the decisions they do.

They will also put you on the spot and ask you to make the tough calls that the man in the whistle has to make on a weekly basis.

Afterwards you will also get the chance to ask the questions you have always wanted to two of the country’s leading referees alongside our third special guest.

Foy will be joined by Robins Trust member Nathan Mattick (above), who made national headlines in 2015 when he overcame the odds to became the UK’s first powerchair referee.

Not one to be deterred by his wheelchair, Nathan is FA qualified to officiate in able-bodied and disabled matches, both indoors and outside.

The 21-year-old has cerebral palsy and found the first match he officiated to be a big challenge but with the help of the Gloucestershire FA, he has been able to achieve his dream of refereeing.

“I was so nervous. I thought the players and managers would give me a hard time because I was in a chair and they would question why I was refereeing able-bodied football,” he said at the time.

“I want to work with children in the sports industry. I want to get a job and be independent. Going back to my parents would be a step backwards,” he added.

“It’s important you respect every single person whether they have a disability or not. We can all contribute to this world.”

It’s an inspiring story and one that should give a further perspective into life out in the middle.

The event is free, open to members and non-members of the Trust and there will be a full pay bar available.

If you are interested in attending, email or tweet the Trust @robinstrust so we can get an idea of numbers.

Related links:

About PGMOL:

UK’s first wheelchair-using referee – video:

Powerchair Referee in Gloucestershire:

National Star College learner Nathan Mattick is Britain’s first wheelchair referee:

Nathan overcomes cerebral palsy to become Britain’s first wheelchair referee: