Once again the club fail in the PR stakes

Once again the club fail in the PR stakes

Concerned Fan
Concerned Fan

July 22nd, 2009, 4:12 pm #1

Not one article in last weeks Weekly News about the club (Other than Johns sponsored run).
Lack of any major PR or promotion over the new stadium from any angle.
Then we have someone spotting a new gate being installed near to the site and queries if its the start of the ground development. Along comes our PR guru Steve Prickchard with a few answers.
The question begs, why does Prickchard not keep anyone informed of anything?
Its like he buzzes off keeping info to himself.
If somethings happening, then a daily blog should go on the site.
People want to know whats happening and people want to see action.
The overall PR and publicity of the club is shocking, the likes of Runcorn Town and Simms Cross RLFC get more coverage in local papers.
How many articles have been written for the Non League Paper or any National papers? How many have been written for football magazines or football websites? Other clubs spend days writing articles to ensure their teams get coverage and attract sponsors and interest.
It should all be about publicity now, seeking sponsors and new fans.

If Steve Prickchard cant devote enough time, then there are plenty of other people who would do a more sterling job.
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Concerned
Concerned

July 23rd, 2009, 11:04 am #2

This is typical of the Negativity of this club. Instead of taking the easy route and telling the man to his face you have to put it out on here for the world to see. Coward!
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July 23rd, 2009, 12:32 pm #3

Not one article in last weeks Weekly News about the club (Other than Johns sponsored run).
Lack of any major PR or promotion over the new stadium from any angle.
Then we have someone spotting a new gate being installed near to the site and queries if its the start of the ground development. Along comes our PR guru Steve Prickchard with a few answers.
The question begs, why does Prickchard not keep anyone informed of anything?
Its like he buzzes off keeping info to himself.
If somethings happening, then a daily blog should go on the site.
People want to know whats happening and people want to see action.
The overall PR and publicity of the club is shocking, the likes of Runcorn Town and Simms Cross RLFC get more coverage in local papers.
How many articles have been written for the Non League Paper or any National papers? How many have been written for football magazines or football websites? Other clubs spend days writing articles to ensure their teams get coverage and attract sponsors and interest.
It should all be about publicity now, seeking sponsors and new fans.

If Steve Prickchard cant devote enough time, then there are plenty of other people who would do a more sterling job.
It's the old story isn't it? Most of the board have had a charisma by-pass. The closed shop mentality that doesn't encourage others to get involved is typical.

For a so called SUPPORTERS CLUB, the senior association football club in the borough, in a borough of 120,000 people about 1 in 1000 watches the club and probably 1 in 4000 takes any active part in running it.
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Tufty
Tufty

July 23rd, 2009, 5:27 pm #4

PR and press articles have to be driven by the club, they wont come looking for a story unless its big news.
A certain other fans run club sends off several articles to the press, magazines, websites each week in order to gain maximum PR.
Dave Bettley does what he can in the Weekly News, the World would feature the club more if the club uilt the right bridges and gave enough PR to them, Fallon does a good job with them through Runcorn Town.
I was speaking to two main sports news reporters at BBC North west and Sky Sports News about giving the clubs ground publicity, but they wont give mention to it unless it involves a major story or a big clubs coming to open the ground etc, they know the interest in the club is less than 2-300 people.

The PR from Steve Pritchard has always been poor and the club suffers a lot from it. Perhaps he likes to keep to much of the action to himself when it could involve a lot of others?
Fans themselves can always write articles for papers, magazines and websites.
But as well as concentrating on global appeal!!! The club needs to devote a lot more time to Runcorn itself, each week local papers should be full of stories on the club and good PR from the club. The majority of people in Rincprn dont know the club exists or its even returning to Runcorn.

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ste
ste

July 23rd, 2009, 9:02 pm #5

correct tufty.im sick of picking up runcorn weekly news and reading widnes f ing vikings on back page,hell runcorn world isnt runcorn world anymore its runcorn widnes world now.its a poor show and effort.prichard does deserve a rocket up his arse and a bullet to his head to do some meaningfull constructive work in the pr stakes.we lack behind runcorn town.i say sack pritchard and make martin fallon an offer to come to linnets cause he knows how to work pr and community appeal and status within our community.i hope town get up this season get their ground up to stratch and keeping building cause the day will come when they beat linnets with ease.then wheres ramsden and johnson and pritchard gonna hide,peobably behind that big massive fridge with the magnet on naturally........
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Cowboy
Cowboy

July 23rd, 2009, 10:04 pm #6

Watching these debates with interest. I suspect you'll get the retort from Board members that they are in fact volunteers and time is an issue. I have absolute and total sympathy for that...it's why Jo resigned and to an extent Urkey. It's why I didn't bother standing because I COULDN'T dedicate the time to do the job justice. Now you can imagine 'stuff' is going on behind the scenes (ground wise) and the operation still needs to run. That means those involved getting others to take tasks on. They don't....they WAIT for people to volunteer assistance. BOLLOCKS....go out and ask people, make them an offer, get them involved. I suspect more people WOULD get involved if they were aPproached and asked......DISCUSS
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runnerglyn
runnerglyn

July 24th, 2009, 5:59 am #7

Steve mentioned on the OS planning is underway if it does take till Sept to achieve this actual process this means in therory we are talking nearly Oct before a spade is swung in anger down Halton Sports, that means a 5 month calender process to beat the deadline, is this realistic?, there seems like a hell of a lot to do in a short space of time, surely if this is the case the club should be handing all work for this project to the Council who can supply the required amount of men to enable this project to be carried out on time, after all we don't have experts in this field amongst us, do we, will the fans be given assurances the deadline for March will be met, and we will get a ground for the start of the 2010/100 season.
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runnerglyn
runnerglyn

July 24th, 2009, 6:00 am #8

/11 season.
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Runcorn Home and Away
Runcorn Home and Away

July 24th, 2009, 8:02 am #9

Steve mentioned on the OS planning is underway if it does take till Sept to achieve this actual process this means in therory we are talking nearly Oct before a spade is swung in anger down Halton Sports, that means a 5 month calender process to beat the deadline, is this realistic?, there seems like a hell of a lot to do in a short space of time, surely if this is the case the club should be handing all work for this project to the Council who can supply the required amount of men to enable this project to be carried out on time, after all we don't have experts in this field amongst us, do we, will the fans be given assurances the deadline for March will be met, and we will get a ground for the start of the 2010/100 season.
With regards to the ground, it would be nice to get the smallest of updates even if it means someone has cut the grass!
The board obviously know things are going on, yet they only come out and reveal once another supporter has passed comment. Its like they get a special buzz off holding back information.
I have to agree, Steve is not the right man for the job, he lacks any form of charisma.

Publicity needs to start now for next season, not a case of building the ground then starting the PR, its to late by then. Build momentum now and build anticipation.
The site at Halton Sports should be covered in Sponsorship boards by now or a big board by the roundabout stating "Runcorns Coming Home", along with the totaliser etc. Let people see whats happening and get people talking.
Thousands of people a day must pass the edge of the site on that roundabout.
Visit the site now and there is nothing to say that Runcorn FC will be building a ground there. All people see is a derelict building on the side of the pub. How many users of the site know whats happening on there?
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Iraqi Communications Minister
Iraqi Communications Minister

July 24th, 2009, 12:03 pm #10

Although his away in the forums where most people and interested parties cannot see.


The Ground Project is in full swing, and currently we are particularly focussed on a couple of things:

Planning
We've had a couple of meetings with the planners at HBC who have assisted us to pull our planning application together, which will be submitted next week. We still have to physically fill out the forms, and draw up the plans etc, but we now have about 95% of the detail that needs to be included. Once submitted, the application will go through the usual planning process, including public consultation, and permission will hopefully be granted in September.

Invitations to Tender
Alongside the planning application, we are also putting together a number of invitations to tender, and getting quotes for various aspects of the construction elements of the project. There is some cross-over between this task and the planning, e.g. the type of fencing that is found to be most cost effective might not be approved by the planning process, and vice versa.


The next steps
Once we have the quotes for the different elements of the project, then we'll be in a position to complete our application to the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIF), and also know what level of grant we'll be looking for. The grants are calculated as percentages of the cost of the different elements, so the cheaper you can get something for, the less money you'll receive towards it. Until we have firm costs for these items, we don't know the size of the grant we can apply for, although we do know that it's capped at £100,000.

With regard to physical changes down at the site, obviously we can't start those proper until the planning application is granted. Discussions regarding the terms of the lease on the building are underway, and once finalised, we could start leasing the building at any point, and be able to start making the alterations and repairs that are necessary.

In preparation, the Council are re-arranging the existing pitches at Halton Sports so that there will be no disruption to teams playing there next season when our build commences. It's worth reiterating that no public pitches will be lost at Halton Sports, they are just being rearranged to accommodate our plot. Once our plot is defined, then all access to that site, and the works upon it, will have to be contained within its boundaries, and we will not be using any of the public areas, even on a temporary basis.

The deadline for the completion of the Ground is 31st March 2010, so it will be ready in time for the League's inspection. We recognise it's a tight deadline, but we feel it is an achievable one. The build phase of the project isn't likely to take that long, with the biggest job being the fencing, followed by the hard standing. Items like the floodlights, and stands don't take much time at all; the stands will be modular, and so arrive pre-built on the back of a lorry, and the floodlights are put up over the course of a week or so.
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