As many of our followers will be aware we have been seeking formal recognition and endorsement from the Raider organisation for some time (see “Official Booster Club Status” from October 2016) however to date we have come up short. We are happy to say that this has not tempered our efforts and we continue to positively communicate with the Raiders organisation on a regular basis.
This past week Co-Founder Oli DeRuyter and Founding members Keith “Crusader Raider” Smith and Kelly “Crossbones Kelly” Daggers Smith were cordially invited to the Raiders Head Quarters in Alameda, California to engage in a critical strategical discussion around the current state of our application and to explore the roadmap ahead for Booster Club formations and management.
There was much conversation around the current state of our application (which by the way was all positive!) it was still however deemed that we were still not to be Officially recognised as the Raider organisation (despite us planting Silver & Black UK merchandise in almost every corner of the facility!) as they are in the process of reviewing their governance model surrounding Booster Clubs. The great news is that they are still impressed by our dedication and organisation as a whole and we took great encouragement in hearing their expectations align with our vision.
Despite the Official status not being awarded both parties will continue to work closely together as the British Isles prove to be a fantastic proving ground for some of their ideas. Coupled this with a number of fan engagement initiatives we shared, they are very interested in the vision we are striving to forge.
Moving things forward what does this mean for the Silver & Black UK – Well it gives us a great opportunity to ready ourselves for when applications resume. Off the back of our meetings we will be completing a full review of our internal governance model. As well as working towards some fantastic new fan engagement and community outreach programmes to work even closer to our defined Mission Statement.
As always, we appreciate all your support and will continue on the trend to grow and enrich your enjoyment of Raider football. For now, all we can say is “Watch this Space” but as always …… GO RAIDERS!!!