Message from JP Creba – TISA Chairman
At TISA’s AGM on Saturday August 4th those present reflected on the perilous state of Truro City following its move to Torquay and the how the club seems more removed from the Cornish community than ever with the fan base seemingly now completely disenfranchised. It was agreed that TISA should focus on doing whatever it can to ensure that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community. Of course this can happen in a number of ways ranging from moving successfully into the Stadium for Cornwall in the next 18 months as a National League side or taking an enforced relegation down several steps and ground sharing with another Cornish club. The current owner has confirmed recently in the media that he is still in a dialogue with someone with a view to selling the football club so it’s plain to see that Truro City is facing massive change and it seems right that the organised supporters groups recognise this and structure themselves in a way that gives them most influence in the clubs direction in these changing times.
Currently the two supporters groups are perceived to be at polar extremes with the Truro City Supporters Club committee acting as a PR machine for the football club owners and doing little to provide a forum or benefits for its members and TISA seemingly opposing the football club in all it does but providing well for its members. Neither of these perceptions is the full truth but if things are going to change then now must be the time. In considering how things might change TISA are considering restructuring as a Supporters Trust affiliated to Supporters Direct. TISA recognises however, that to attempt to do this it must grow its membership and widen the debate. We therefore invite expressions of interest to participation in an open meeting to explore this initiative and debate the options. At the same time, in order to broaden our membership we are inviting everyone to apply for membership of TISA which would be FREE in the first year. Application for membership of TISA is open to everyone including existing Truro City Supporters Club Members. You don’t need to join TISA to take part in the open meeting but if you wish to then send us a message at https://twitter.com/TISAboys. As TISA is currently an Association we do need to have an application process and this is detailed on our website at http://trurofans.blogspot.com/ .
At the end of September, if there are sufficient expressions of interest then we will send out details of the open meeting.
In summary then, should you apply for membership you will be applying to join an association which is proposing to support however it best can “ensuring that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community.” and to participate in that debate.