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Possible Club Merger Info

Possible Merger

posted 17 Feb 2011, 05:36 by Allen Smalls

Following recent issues and a subsequent newspaper article in relation to the Club merger the following was discussed at length during our Committee meeting on Tuesday night. 

The Committee unanimously agreed that talks in respect of the two clubs merging could resume once CATS have appointed a Chair and other relevant officers that are required for the running of a successful committee – there is no time scale to this as we all fully appreciate that finding the right people to fill such a positions is not an easy job – and realistically it is not possible to meet the original date of 1st April 2011 for the merger.  

It was also agreed to clarify the following items which we feel have already been agreed at previous meetings: 

Club name to be Colchester and District A. C.
Club Colours – purple
Finances – match funds – not negotiable - £5K per club for the first year – residual funds from each club to be placed in separate reserve accounts.
Both clubs to honour financial commitments that may have been agreed at committee meetings prior to the merger.
Initial Committee to be appointed officers – seven from each Club – shadowing/working together of main positions emperative.
Training nights and coaches to initially remain the same. 

Due to personal reasons Lance has stepped aside from the merger working committee and will continue to be Club Chairman of CHAC – a position which he has successfully held for the past three years and the Committee fully support him within this role. 

All communication with regards to the merger is to initially be sent to me either on this email address (AbbottR@stanway.essex.sch.uk) or at rachel.abbott@gmx.co.uk – and it will be passed on to the committee of the Club and discussed.  Please ensure that no communication via email or phone is made directly to Lance. 

Please note that I am away next week on holiday and will be returning on the 27th February but please do not hesitate to contact me by email and I will respond on my return.

Kind regards

Rachel Abbott

Merger Meeting Notes : 30 Decemeber 2010

posted 10 Jan 2011, 09:58 by Allen Smalls


posted 18 Nov 2010, 05:00 by Allen Smalls



On Friday 12 November a small working party of both Clubs met for the first time at The Arena Club, Colchester. The meeting was chaired by Eric Shirley who has worked in athletics for many years and is a professional administrator.

Eric opened the meeting by identifying those present,   outlining our objectives and explaining in detail problems we may encounter during our deliberations.

It was decided to meet at regular intervals and each meeting discussing and agreeing specific issues. It is also important for the whole membership to be kept informed and bring to the meetings their concerns.

Deliberations will take several months after which a meeting of the whole membership will be called and informed in detail how the new Club will proceed. There will be no vote.

At our first meeting, possibly to many, the first two most important issues were discussed at length.

·         Name of the new Club.

·         Colours.

It quickly appeared to the working party that the best way forward was to start with a clean sheet and various suggestions were put forward. After a short debate it was decided by a unanimous decision to call the new Club “Colchester and District Athletic Club” and the Club vests to show the name “Colchester A.C.” It was decided to drop both logos for the purpose of administration and kit.

Colours caused a different problem and after a lengthy discussion it was decided to choose a new colour. The meeting decided to put forward three choices.

·         Light blue, as use by our composite team

·         Orange

·         Light purple

It was agreed that we wanted a vibrant colour, distinctive and easily recognisable. It was felt necessary to get away from both green and black. Shorts will be black. It was also noted that in the event of a merger members will be able to compete in our present colours for a period of one year. This will help greatly with finance and assist in obtaining a good quality kit at a reasonable price.

Our next meeting will take place at The Arena Club on Friday 3 December 2010, commencing at 7 30pm. Items to be discussed will be Coaching, Training and Competitions.

REMEMBER it is important that if any member or parent has any concerns, please contact Lance Williams or Dave Smith.


Lance Williams. Email. lance270@live.com    telephone 01206271713

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