As a club we have made it clear that we support the SPFL resolution to end the season now for Leagues One & Two and the Championship and for the decision on the Premiership to be decided following the UEFA meetings later this month.
While every club has their own individual view on what sporting integrity looks like the fact remains that without the clarity that this decision will bring there are many clubs who may not survive the horrible situation we find ourselves in.
We continue to move forward and even during these dark times we are looking at ways we can strengthen our club.
As part of that ongoing plan we would like to announce two senior appointments. Mark MacMillan, joins the St Mirren board as a Director, and David Jamieson, takes up a new full-time club operational post as General Manager.
Mark MacMillan, Head of Corporate Services for Kibble Group, has a key role in developing and implementing the Organisations strategy in relation to human resources, funding, marketing, communications and external relations. Mark is also a former Leader of Renfrewshire Council, where he was at the forefront of the creation of the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Paisley’s Bid to be UK City of Culture. He previously sat on the Glasgow City Region Economic Leadership Board.
Mark joins Kibble’s Chief Executive Jim Gillespie as one of the Kibble Group two nominated Directors, replacing Ronnie McGinlay who has resigned in these unprecedented times to focus and spend more time with his company Walker Laird solicitors.
David Jamieson has commenced in his role as St Mirren Football Club General Manager. David has held several senior management positions during his 15 years working at Kibble. David will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the club’s non-football activities, including the upkeep and development of the Simple Digital Arena, Ralston Training Ground and facilitating Kibble’s young workforce development activities at St Mirren.
St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott welcomed the appointments. He said: "When Kibble’s investment was announced we said that St Mirren’s existing staff would be supported by Kibble's expertise in areas such as HR, finance, marketing and communications amongst others. The appointments of Mark and David are direct examples of this and show how the relationship between our two historic Paisley organisations is growing to the benefit of St Mirren football club.
"I look forward to handing over my day-to-day duties to David over the coming months and passing on the knowledge I have gained over the last four years. At this stage I have no intention of reducing my involvement with the club and see the appointment of David as an opportunity for me to focus on things that can take the club forward.
"As a board we have had many discussions about ideas we would like to investigate but up until now our focus has been on improving the infrastructure of the club, putting us on a strong financial footing and getting us back to the Premiership. I look forward to helping implement these new ideas alongside David, Tony and the board."
Given the uncertainty of the situation regarding the leagues being determined as they stand and the potential for the decision on the Premiership not being resolved until the end of April we have decided to hold off selling season tickets until the beginning of May.
There are also obvious logistical issues that would be created by trying to sell tickets during the lockdown and the additional time will give us more time to consider a safe plan with more consideration of the current environment.
Street Stuff update
- Staff continue to assist with activities for children of key workers within local schools.
- Staff assisted with the delivery of activities within schools throughout the Easter weekend.
- The Street Stuff Youth bus is being used to transport meals within the local community.
- Evening activities are available on-line and young people are encouraged to get involved.
Street Stuff Social Media
Facebook page: StreetStuff
Tik Tok: @streetstuff_1877
Supporters can still get in touch with the club via email.
General Enquiries – [email protected]
Ticket Office – [email protected]
Fans who wish to purchase anything from the club shop can still do so online. All orders will be processed and posted as quickly as possible, however, as you will all be aware the guidelines for what can be delivered changes on a daily basis. If you have any queries please email the shop on [email protected]
The commercial department will remain open and supporters and sponsors wishing to make contact are advised to do so by email [email protected].
St Mirren Charitable Foundation
A few days after our last update we filmed a short call to action asking all of our followers and supporters to watch our weekly wish list of essential items and, where possible, to donate what they can, the response has been overwhelming. We now have daily pick ups of these foods and hygiene products which we deliver to Star Project and they in turn dispatch immediately within their food parcels. This is having a huge impact in the local community and changing the lives of those who are most vulnerable during this time.
Many of our program participants & friends have been delivering goods directly to Star Project and also volunteering their time for Star & Renfrewshire Foodbank. Our St manager, Jim Goodwin, and Head of Media, James Hunter, kindly volunteered their time last week to deliver some of these food parcels door to door, well done lads.
We have managed to fulfil our promise of securing one new food partner per week and we must pay particular thanks to Gillian Robinson of the Company Shop in Renfrew who has responded to every crisis call we have put out - she has been amazing.
As most of you will know the number one constant emergency item for us is fresh milk and today we are delighted to announce that our newest partnership is a collaboration between Abercorn Dairies & Bianco E Nero who have agreed to donate 100 two pint cartons of fresh milk to us every week for Star Project, unbelievably generous and greatly appreciated. Both of these local companies are launching their online ordering portals at the end of this week and we will be promoting them via social media so please take the time to check them out and give them some support.
Instagram – smfc_charitablefoundation
Twitter - @SMFC_CF
Facebook – St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation
Contact - [email protected]
Last but not least we give thanks to all of our Saints of the Day.
Firstly, our amazing team of coaches who are giving their time on a daily basis to inspire, support, motivate and engage with our followers and the wider community by delivering innovative, educational and fun content. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful team.
Next we thank everyone of you who have been so generous financially, from those who has donated to our JustGiving page, to the first team player who made a generous donation to us and wishes to remain anonymous, to the members of SMiSA who are currently voting on their £2 pot for April, we thank you all.
Lastly to every single person who has donated food goods and essential items over the course of the past three weeks, your support, kindness and care has been truly humbling and it’s been great to see you all, albeit from a responsible distance.
Everything you guys are doing to support us is in turn supporting our community partners like Star Project, you are making a huge difference. Thank you.