It’s Official!!!!!! Thank you.

As you may have heard or seen by now on the Morning of 11/03/2014 LFC Indy was offered and invitation by Liverpool Football Club to become an Official Supporters Club!
Yes we did it! Amazed at the quickness of the growth and organization that we have done here in Indy in just One short year.

So now that we are an Official Liverpool Supporters Club(OLSC) what now? Well first we have a meeting with an LFC representative who goes over all of the guidelines of being an OLSC with us, things like what logos we can/can’t use, how to request for different things like tickets or appearances, setting up an Annual Supporters Club meeting to go over different topics and voting on the positions within the OLSC(President, Secretary, Treasurer etc)
After that first thing to do is to get our OLSC scarf design finalized and then let the pre-order start(Just in time for the holidays!) and get those ordered so we can get those in before the start of the year. If you have any Scarf design ideas send them along. Currently the leading choice is
scarf
If you have any other ideas post them on our Twitter/Facebook page or in the comments. Only thing I can think of that needs to be added on this would be maybe a “EST 2014” since it is our Inaugural scarf.
After that we just need to continue to grow and keep getting the word out and keep getting new people to Union Jack’s and getting more people out to UJ’s for the match. Place should be packed each week for matches. Other than that we will look into getting OLSC cards for people who have LFC memberships & working with Union Jack on t-shirts. Also we will look to do some community projects or donating. Food drives, taking money from scarf sales and using it to buy soccer equipment for a local youth team etc.
As we’ve said all along, if you ever have any suggestions or ideas always feel free to bring them to our attention. I know a lot of you would like to have a bigger presence at the Indy Eleven matches, and that is something we can work on for the spring season. Especially like the idea of having a flag or two created by our Indy Reds to hang up at games/tailgates/events/UJ’s. Possibly something like this:
flag

Massive thank you to Union Jack Pub who over this past year has helped us to grow and has helped to get awareness out there about us and continue to open up their doors early & are striving to become the best Soccer Pub in Indy. Jay and his staff have been great and we look forward to continuing that relationship with them and keeping UJ’s as our home pub.

Obviously a giant thank you to all of the Indy Reds who during the past year kept helping us build. We had a big response when we first started this thing and it has just snowballed. You guys blew me away with the amount of mentions/follows/rt’s etc each and every single day. I was stunned to see the support that was thrown out there when we really decided we were going for it on becoming an OLSC. We over doubled the number or requirements needed to become an OLSC in both members and members with Liverpool Memberships. Heck of a job.
We admittedly had something of a perfect storm when we started this. We had an amazing season last year which always brings people on board. The World Cup happened which always shines the spotlight on the sport. We had Liverpool come to the USA and Chicago which gave us some great exposure. Indy Eleven started their inaugural season which helped to gather lots of fans together each week & helped to bring awareness to our Supporters Club.

I don’t want to single out any specific Indy Reds, you know who you are; Thank You. There have been a few of you that have been on this train since Day One and even before and have been instrumental in getting the word out there and creating a buzz and being a shining example of what it is to be a Liverpool fan and doing things The Liverpool Way.

Thank you to the Liverpool USA account. Nile getting interviewed by them for the USA tour website and the program helped again to just bring awareness that we were trying to build something here in the Circle City. They also were great over the past year not just reposting of us but other supporters clubs on where to go for matches and being interactive.

Lastly I(Nile) would like to thank my wife Jessica. She has had to deal with me over the past year tweeting/posting constantly. My phone buzzing all of the time when something happens. Waking up on Saturday mornings and leaving at 7am to make sure someone shows up at UJ’s. She is by no means a soccer fan(a sports fan yes but not soccer, she did enjoy the USA matches in the World Cup though) but she has been supportive of me taking on this challenge & I know it could be frustrating at some points during the past year.

It has been a very fun first year and we have accomplished one of our main and biggest goals of becoming an OLSC. There is still work to be done, and still room to continue to grow but we are on the right track and if you folks keep doing what you are doing we will continue to grow and be the biggest of the 5 EPL supporters clubs in the city. Looking forward to interacting with everyone and now that we are a part of the OLSC family the opportunities that presents to us.

2 big matches coming up this week LFC travel to Madrid tomorrow 11/04 2:45pm. Then on Saturday we take on the club everyone loves to hate(and for good reason) Chelsea. 7:45am kickoff. Lets get Union Jack packed and celebrate this great accomplishment you have helped to create.

-YNWA-
Nile Smith

 

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