Making comms better

It’s coming up for a year since Rob Crane was elected to the Dons Trust Board, with a pledge to improve the Trust’s communications. So, he asks, what’s changed since then?

In April we sent our first monthly email newsletter to Dons Trust members. These newsletters aim to make members aware of news stories on the Trust website that they might otherwise have missed. They’re also useful for promoting upcoming events, such as the recent Foodbank collection. We send these..

AFC Wimbledon badgeBeing diverse and inclusive

Anuk Teasdale, a member of the Dons Trust Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, reports on the progress the group is making to combat discrimination of all kinds.

The Diversity and Inclusion Group, formed by volunteers and headed by a Dons Trust Board member, continues to make strides in working with the club in this important and complex area. We recognise the issues facing football clubs and fans alike, as highlighted by recent incidents at Haringey Borough and in Bulgaria, and..

Anna KingsleyThe future generation

The courses run by the AFC Wimbledon Foundation on Saturdays and in summer holidays are a great way for boys and girls to get into football, says Dons Trust Board member Anna Kingsley. And they may unearth a future Dons first-team player.

For some of us at this afternoon’s game, this won’t be the first Dons performance we have watched today. My son is one of nearly a hundred boys and girls who train with AFC Wimbledon every Saturday morning..

On reflection …

Roger Evans looks back at the challenges that he and his fellow Dons Trust Board members have faced since he was first elected at the end of 2013.

After six years as a Dons Trust Board (DTB) member I have, with regret, decided not to stand for re-election. It has, however, led me to reflect on the progress, trials and tribulations the DTB has faced – and dealt with remarkably well – during that period.

In January 2014, AFC Wimbledon..

The Dons Trust logoHow open should we be?

The club and Trust are often criticised for not being more forthcoming. That’s not always the wrong approach, says Dons Trust Board member Luke Mackenzie, but perhaps we could do better.

Ronan Keating once sang that “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” And there have been times when that seems to be our maxim, as a club and a Trust. Don’t say much, and don’t be controversial. Contrast that with the approach taken by a recent..

AFC Wimbledon badgeSlowly but surely

Dons Trust Board vice-chair Rob Crane explains why there have been delays in making announcements about the progress of the crowdfunding initiative to help meet the cost of our new stadium.

Welcome back to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the start of what, all being well, will be our final season here before returning home to Wimbledon – and what an amazing achievement that will be.

In 2002 we were told that AFC Wimbledon would not be “in the..

Bristol Rovers programme coverThe number one jersey

Dons Trust chair Mark Davis used yesterday’s matchday programme to talk about a change at the top at AFC Wimbledon. The following is a slightly edited version of the article.

Today I have commandeered the From the Boardroom page, for this one programme only, to report on the recent change in the number one slot at AFC Wimbledon. I’m referring to the position of chief executive officer, rather than goalkeeper, but I’m hoping this change proves to be as positive for..

Hannah Kitcher Dons Trust Board MemberHelp us stay on target

Newly elected Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher wants to talk about disrupting the boardroom norm, and about accountability.

This is my first programme article as a Dons Trust Board member, on the occasion of AFC Wimbledon’s first ever fourth-round FA Cup tie. This game – and, as a by-product, this article – have come about thanks to a memorable victory at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium in the third round, a game that also gave me my first experience as..

A look behind the scenes

Dons Trust Board member Roger Evans gives us an insight into how the Trust operates and the range of its responsibilities.

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) has nine members, elected by Dons Trust members for a period of two years. Four positions become vacant one year, and five the next. Individuals can also be co-opted as members of the DTB to take advantage of particular skills. We currently have one co-opted member, giving a young adult’s perspective.

The DTB meets..

Dons Trust SGMCommunication, communication, communication

Dons Trust Board member Cormac van der Hoeven look at ways in which the Board is looking to improve how it gets its message across and how it interacts with its members and with the wider fanbase.

Since the 2011 consultation of members about our identity, general meetings of the Dons Trust have been dominated by the sharing of Plough Lane news. Over the past twelve months we have been exploring a new style of hosting at general meetings, though..