My Town My Shirt
We have teamed up with Oldham Camera Club and other supporter groups to create our My Town My Shirt initiative to celebrate our diverse Latics community. Photographs of supporters will be taken wearing their Latics shirt at a location of their choosing in Oldham. We will curate the photos into an exhibition for all supporters to enjoy once the project is complete.
You can read more about the My Town My Shirt initiative on the Club’s website. If you’re interested in taking part in the initiative, please contact Mick.Harwood@oasf.co.uk.
This season we launched our Latics Lift initiative to help fans get to games easier. The initiative is primarily aimed at helping fans who find transport to games difficult and would otherwise be unable to attend, but it has also benefited fans looking to carshare to save money.
If getting a lift could help you get to games, you would consider volunteer to give someone a lift to get them to games, or are interested in carsharing, please contact Maurice.Scott@oasf.co.uk to express your interest and be matched.
To complement the travel offer, we have also partnered with JustPark to provide access to parking near away games at a reasonable cost. We send our members the details via email in advance of each away game and publish it on our website.
In September, we launched our latest round of merchandise: The Blue & Tambourine Collection. The Collection is a range of t-shirts with classic album covers reimagined with a Latics spin. The t-shirts are available on a pre-order basis until 15 October.
Annual General Meeting
We held our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 July. Thanks to all our members who attended and/or voted.
All 8 candidates who stood for election to the OASF board were elected. You can find out more about our 2023/24 OASF Board on our website.
Members also voted to disapply our audit requirements for this financial year so our accounts will be independently examined in line with guidance from the Football Supporters Association.
Finally, members voted to amend our Rules to correct how our financial year end date is recorded in our Rules document. We have completed the relevant forms but need to get our statutory declaration signed with a solicitor/notary public before submitting them. We will provide an update once the changes have been processed.
Boundary Park Clean-Up
Following the success of our Boundary Park clean-up at the start of the Rothwell tenure, we brought it back for 2023/24. Dozens of volunteers worked alongside club staff on 25 July to prepare Boundary Park for the start of the season.
OASF Matchday Activity
Recognising that our reach is primarily limited to those who engage with us on social media, this season we have made efforts to reach out to a wider group of fans by creating an OASF presence on matchdays.
Every Saturday home game, we have set up an OASF kiosk from 13:30 outside Bar Station Zebra (the fan bar) in the North Stand. At our stand, we have signed up new members, spoken to existing members and dispensed our member-exclusive pin badges and member prizes. Everyone is welcome to come speak to us about anything OASF or Latics related.
We have also been leafleting around Boundary Park to expand our reach beyond just those going to the fan bar. At the game against Dorking on 9 September, we handed out 100s of leaflets to fans outside all three stands.
Following the mixed response to the launch of the Club’s kits for this season, OASF ran a survey from 30 July to 7 August asking for feedback on this season’s kits, what fans want from future kits, replica shirt pricing and feedback on kit culture generally. We received 439 responses and published a summary of the responses on our website.
We shared our summary and your full responses with the Club as part of our regularly monthly dialogue with Darren Royle (Latics CEO). Matt met with Jimmy Schofield (who is in charge of merchandising) to discuss the results in more detail. The Club have taken away your views to consider further.
OASF Feedback Survey
In September, we launched a survey for all fans about OASF. The survey looked to explore what we were doing well but mainly where we could improve to help us deliver for our members, retain them, and attract more.
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. We will publish a summary on our website once we’ve finished analysing the responses.