Off-ice update – the Stars are taking shape

It’s been a busy summer at Oxpens since it was all change at the helm of the Stars back in May. In what will be regular off-ice updates from various members of the club, here director Greig Box Turnbull brings you the latest from the Stars’ HQ.

Preparations for the new season at the Stars are taking shape and everyone is looking forward September.

It has been a busy time since Jo Mundy, Grant Shergold and I took over the Stars in May and we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on things ‘off the ice’.

Firstly, we’d like to say a big thank you for the support everyone has given the club. The passion and commitment so many people have for the club is fantastic and is what keeps it going. We believe in a club first philosophy where we all support each other for the greater good of the club and it is wonderful to see it in practice daily. 

Our season tickets have been well-received with sales already ahead of the curve compared to this time last year. We introduced a new ticketing platform via a partnership with TicketCo, who are an innovative cloud-based ticketing company. They represent some excellent football clubs in Norway and the UK, and I am proud to say the Stars are the first ice hockey club to partner with TicketCo.

The off-ice team have done a fantastic job getting the system set up in recent weeks. We appreciate it is a change for you but believe the wider benefits of the system will help us develop your club. We added the system to Facebook this week, enabling people to purchase Stars tickets via Facebook for the first time. Try the system out and if any of you need any support please do get in touch. If you can buy a season ticket please do, if you are able to attend most games it represents the best value for you to support the Stars.

Several businesses have agreed to sponsor the Stars this season, which is fantastic news and our thanks go to Manor Flooring, Jurys Inn, Red Corner, BPMS, Class Act, Apollo Windows, Property Formula, Climbing High, Fortitude, and PHD. We are in talks with several other companies and hope that more will commit to supporting the club for the new campaign. Equally if you would like to discuss partnering with the Stars commercially please do get in touch.

What has been refreshing is that most of the companies who have sponsored the club have all said they are encouraged by the strategy set out in May to improve the Stars’ alignment with the juniors, host entertaining ice hockey in a family friendly environment and our commitment to the community.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the poll on our club colours. Yellow and Blue was the overwhelming vote and we are looking forward to seeing the boys take to the ice in the new kit in September. We have been working closely with our kit supplier on the new kit designs and can’t wait to share it with you when it is delivered ahead of the new season.

Elsewhere we are also working on new merchandise lines for the new season and would welcome any ideas or feedback from you. Another area under discussion is the match-day programme and whether to continue with a traditional programme, or a new look fold-out mini programme – which has become popular in the NHL. Again, your thoughts on this would be most welcome. As you will have seen from the colour vote we want to be as open as possible and your views and constructive feedback is always welcome to help us develop your club.

We are also reviewing the match-day experience and will work on ideas to boost your experience, where possible. This includes an exciting initiative that we hope will further bring the juniors closers to the Stars. Watch this space!

Simon Anderson has been busy on recruitment and has built a good squad, which combines youth with experience, and I am sure like us, you are looking forward to seeing some entertaining high-tempo ice hockey up in league one this season. Simon has done a great job working with a fixed budget to bring together a good squad.

There are a lot more positive developments to come and we will always review what we do and keep striving to make the club sustainable so it can be enjoyed for years to come and for you to enjoy every visit you make to Oxpens.

As ever your feedback is important to this process – do make your voice heard, either by email, or social media. Together we can all make a difference.

Come on you Stars,

Greig

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