Cables Update – March 2021

Announcement

AGM

The clubs AGM will take place on the 30th April, a confirmed start time and agenda will be sent out in due course to all shareholders.

There is a current limit of 100 whilst holding the AGM in a virtual surrounding due to Covid restrictions, attendance will be on a first come first served basis with an email sent to shareholders along with the AGM Agenda and accounts.

20/21 Season

Whilst the season was curtailed by the NPL, we have still not received official confirmation that this has been signed off by the FA council. Having seen recently that the National League N & S resolution has been signed off by the FA council, we expect to hear regarding the NPL very soon.

We understand the NPL would still like to find a way to allow the restructure at our level to take place and how potential promotions from step 5 could take place, we are sure there will be more news on this in the coming weeks

Reserve/Youth Teams

The reserve and youth teams have been informed that their respective seasons will resume in April and are due to be completed before the end of May. The reserve team will continue to play at the IP Truck Parts stadium whilst the youth team will continue to play at the Prescot Soccer Centre.

Season Tickets

With the season currently curtailed and imminent confirmation of this being signed off, the club will be rolling over all season tickets for the 2020/21 season to cover the entirety of the 2021/22 season for league games. Season tickets will be reprinted and be available for collection for the start of preseason.

We would like to thank all season ticket holders for their continued support throughout the pandemic.

Youth Academy

The club is in ongoing talks and an agreement in principal is in place to provide local education facilities to 16-18 years old with a vocational qualification to take place from the clubs ground. Recruitment is currently on going to see the feasibility of the education system starting in September 2021. Initially this will be for boys, however we are hoping to also offer this for girls at a later date.

This will be a 2 year course and will also involve both an educational side as well as a football side, this will involve playing competitive games against teams in a league setup of other NPL sides as well as cup games.

Groundshare

The club had been in discussions with City of Liverpool for a number of months regrading the potential of a ground sharing agreement at the IP Truck Parts stadium. Initial base terms were offered with further discussions to take place. Unfortunately, on the evening of the 3rd March we were advised that it would not be possible to guarantee that Prescot Cables reserves would be able to accommodate their fixtures around the first team and City of Liverpool. The reserves where informed that they could not play fixtures on a Sunday and there was no guarantee that all of their games could be played on a Friday night.

An emergency board meeting was held and it was agreed that the club would inform City of Liverpool that we could no longer move forward with a ground sharing agreement. We made immediate contact with Paul Manning, the City of Liverpool chairman, and held a telephone call with Paul to discuss and inform him of this. The choice was do we evict the reserves having worked hard to get them back into the IP Truck Parts stadium this season to allow another team to ground share next season? Having seen the significant development in the reserve team over the last 18 months and with a number of players getting opportunities in the first team, we agreed to prioritise the reserve team and allow them to continue to play at the clubs ground rather than force them to play elsewhere.

For clarity, this means that only the first team and reserve team will be playing in the IP Truck Parts stadium for the upcoming 2021/22 season, we will also be able to accommodate the youth team as usual for FA Youth Cup games. Any potential academy team created would likely play midweek and as such would not impact on either the first team or reserves.

The club is happy to see that City of Liverpool have now arranged a groundshare agreement to play at Vauxhall Sports & Social and we wish them a successful time playing there, we also look forward to welcoming them to Hope Street in our home league fixture next season. We hope in the near future they are able to secure their own ground to give them the security and base for a long and successful future.

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