Fans vote on cash sup­port for key projects

Fund will buy new gear

Paisley Daily Express - - House Home - Craig Ritchie

St Mir­ren sup­port­ers have moved to vote through a num­ber of pro­pos­als in the lat­est round of SMISA bal­lots.

The St Mir­ren In­de­pen­dent Sup­port­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently asked their mem­bers to vote on where they would like to spend the £2 por­tion of their mem­ber­ship fees for the last quar­ter.

A sixth of the £12 monthly sub­scrip­tion goes into a dis­cre­tionary pot for mem­bers to vote on.

The rest goes to­wards a fund to buy back shares from chair­man Gor­don Scott, who the trust helped to pur­chase the club last year.

A to­tal of 839 mem­bers took part in the vote which saw all five pro­pos­als voted through.

Ben­e­fit­ting as a re­sult are the St Mir­ren Youth Academy, St Mir­ren in the Com­mu­nity and the club’s first team.

The Youth Academy, based at Ral­ston, will be awarded £ 3,000 to­wards new equip­ment after 86 per cent of vot­ers elected to back the op­tion, while 115 had de­cided not to be in favour.

St Mir­ren in the Com­mu­nity will also re­ceive new equip­ment thanks to 78 per cent of mem­bers vot­ing in favour.

A do­na­tion of £1,000 will be made to help to­wards the run­ning costs of a new St Mir­ren FC am­putee football team, which is be­ing backed by St Mir­ren sec­re­tary Chris Ste­wart, while £855 has been set aside after 73 per cent of SMiSA vot­ers chose to back the pur­chase of match­day-qual­ity foot­balls for the first team.

A SMiSA spokesman said: “All projects were ap­proved by mem­bers and we thank the 839 of you who took the time to vote.

“SMiSA re­mains proud of the in­vest­ments our mem­bers have made and are mak­ing in sup­port of the good work the board are do­ing to take St Mir­ren for­ward, and we will con­tinue to work in part­ner­ship around all fu­ture £2 spends.”

Top team Chair­man Gor­don Scott, Ge­orge Adam MSP and Saints chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fitz­patrick

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