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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Oct 15 2021 03:32PM

Bantams Supporters Trust have been given the green light to have an awareness stall on the concourse of the main stand between 1.30 and 2.30 to raise the profile of the Trust and encourage involvement.


Members and supporters are welcome to join and say hello and have a chat, and give a helping hand.


On our stall we’ll have leaflets to give out explaining what the Trust is, scarves, badges, stickers and a little collections tin for donations, which are always welcome.


This activity will be the first of several public activities of the Supporters Trust this season and it will be the first time we have had a visual presence on a match day since 2012, when we were above the Club shop when it was housed in the building where the One In A Million School is.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Oct 13 2021 10:10AM

A month ago many of you may have read in the local T&A about this project being granted approval and celebration of first day of laying the foundations of the new construction, which will include a new floodlit 4G pitch and sport centre behind the back of Valley Parade.


Led by BEAP Community Partnership, and funded by Football Foundation, Power To Change, Sports England and Bradford Council, the project will be completed by June 2022, and during the course of the next football season will have a family orientated Fanzone for home and away fans to meet and maybe have a kickabout in the build up to home matches. There are plans to arrange five-a-side games between Bangla Bantams and visiting fans on matchdays as well.


Humayun Islam who is the Chief Executive of BEAP, got Shapla FC and Bangla Bantams going in 2015 that draws in the local Asian, predominantly Bangladeshi Community behind supporting Bradford City and engage with other Asian football supporters across the Country.


Once Fans For Diversity lead, Anwar Uddin discovered the BEAP Centre and Humayun in 2014, they have had their support since.


The Trust became aware, have become supporters of all their achievements and we came along to the press launch of Bangla Bantams and the Fans For Diversity/Kick It Out Community Day back in February 2015.


You can read more in the FSA article here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 28 2021 08:51AM

From 1 Jan 2022, the UK Government will be implementing a historic change which will allow... safe standing.


The Sports Ground Safety Authority made that long-awaited announcement on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. Clubs that want to take part in 'early adopter' trials of safe standing now have until 6 October to submit their applications. Trials that are approved will then begin on 1 January.


The FSA, the leading football supporter campaigning organisation has always argued that standing could be introduced – an argument backed by the overwhelming majority of supporters. There is a tradition of fans standing at games as it increases choice, improves atmospheres and ensures supporter safety when hosted in properly managed and licensed standing areas.


Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA and longstanding Safe Standing campaigner, who was contacted last Wednesday, said: “We are beyond delighted to finally claim a win for the FSA’s Safe Standing campaign after extra time, penalties and more than a few replays and postponements.


“Today’s announcement is the result of prolonged and sustained campaigning by football fans – a victory for ordinary people with ordinary jobs who refused to accept the Taylor Report’s contention that standing could not be managed safely…”


Bantams Supporters Trust Chair, Manny Dominguez, says he is delighted! “I’ve long been an advocate of safe standing and decided to take the campaign to City when I found there was a grassroots campaign called ‘Stand UP Sit Down’. I petitioned City fans home and away from 2006/7 at football grounds in the wind and rain and pubs and in recent years I finished making a giant City scarf like banner that I took to City and away matches in the 2017/18 season, and now it’s becoming real!


“The question will be of course, when will all clubs including City be able to provide a genuine choice to stand or sit. Also, how can it be costed will be the central question for all-seater clubs like ours in the lower tiers of the EFL. We would like to be of assistance and advice on this”


You can see the statement from the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) here. See the FSA article here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 28 2021 08:44AM

Bantams Supporters Trust along with more than 100 supporters’ organisations from across England and Wales have co-signed an open letter to Nadine Dorries MP, the new secretary of state for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


The letter welcomes the minister to the role after the recent cabinet re-shuffle and encourages her to ensure the Government fixes football governance via the Fan-Led Review.


“Football clubs are at the heart of their communities, cultural institutions which bring a sense of identity, pride and belonging for millions of people every week. They deserve protection,” says the letter.


“We know that you will receive the final report from Tracey Crouch MP later this year, and would urge you to retain the commitment to independent regulation.”


Tracey Crouch MP is leading the Fan-led Review of Football Governance and her interim report was clear that radical reform is needed to change the power structures of the game and protect clubs from rogue owners, including the need for independent regulation.


More than 100 FSA-affiliated and associated supporters’ groups in the men’s and women’s game, including those from clubs at the top of the sport to non-league level, have co-signed the letter.


You can see the list of all the organisations that have signed the FSA’s open letter, plus a link to all the FSA’s affiliate and associate football supporter organisations here. The open letter can be read in full here.


Tracey Crouch’s interim report can be found in full here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 17 2021 07:17AM

Who we are

Bantams Supporters Trust is unique as it seeks to influence our Club in putting fans’ interests at the heart of everything it does.


As a Mutual Benefit Society, we are a not-for-profit organization based on democratic and representative principles, and exist independently of the club.


We were set up in 2002 when Bradford City was in financial crisis after it became clear that ex-Chairman Geoffrey Richmond had mismanaged the Clubs’ finances. In 2004, we played a leading role in fundraising for the ‘Save Our City’ campaign that raised £250,000 to keep our Club in business.


Being part of a wider supporters movement

Bantams Supporters Trust, are one 140 plus Supporters Trusts in the UK, and all English and Welsh football supporters Trusts are affiliated to the national football supporters body, FSA (Football Supporters Association). On issues that affect all supporters, we are at our most effective, standing together in unison.


What we do

We are in touch regularly with:

• Trust members and City fans by email, social media and special surveys to find out your views

• The club by meeting directly with CEO Ryan Sparks and as a member of the club’s Supporters’ Board

• National networks of other fans in League One and League Two clubs through the Football Supporters Association (FSA)

• Local community groups such as Bangla Bantams

• Local organisations such as the Independent Advisory Group of West Yorkshire Police


We raise money that:

• goes back to the club through player sponsorship and other routes,

• supports local charities such as the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit

• or other good causes such as the Bradford City Women’s Football Club


Our job is to use all our contacts to identify issues of concern to City fans, to represent your interests, and to make a difference with practical initiatives.


How we go about our work

We are all volunteers, led by Trust Board Members and Officers elected at our AGM.

All members can participate in the AGM, submit their own motions for democratic decision or put themselves forward as candidates to be elected on to the Board.

The Trust Board meets monthly and Board Members are accountable to our members generally.


What are our current priorities?

We are working on a number of issues at the moment:

• Keeping football affordable in all manner of ways.

• Listing Valley Parade as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with Bradford Council.

• Trialing Safe Standing.

• Contributing to the Government’s Fan-led Review, the best chance in years to influence government policy in fans’ favour, in order to narrow the gap between the poorest and wealthiest clubs and to strengthen supporter representation within the game.

• Moving towards a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a formal agreement with the club that will identify common ground and deepen the relationship between our club and its supporters.


How do I Join the Trust?

The basic membership of the Trust is free, and open to all Bradford City supporters.


Join the Trust for free here.


We also have Patron members, who support the Trust financially by paying an annual subscription by standing order. The amount is your choice, from £3 a year upwards. Patron members help us cover our costs and enable us to give back even more to the club and other good causes.


Become a Patron Member here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 16 2021 07:03AM

The findings of the FSA survey about attitudes to the return to stadiums shared with the EFL show what most people would’ve expected.


A majority, were willing to return as soon as the season started. Identity of being a football fan was major factor and that a desire to get back to normal was strong.


While the survey that initially went live in early July reveal an eagerness to return to stadiums this season, asking all age groups of both men and women, a significant minority had said they felt apprehensive.


Some fans delaying their return

Waiting to see how a return to stadiums would impact on the pandemic and wanting to see their clubs demonstrate they were safe for fans to return were the main factors in apprehensiveness in returning too hastily.


Other findings reveal that:

Most fans were opposed to reduced capacities or masks being made compulsory, and that away attendances would not be expected to fall once the season had begun.


For a more in depth look at how fans responded including figures, and who completed the survey, please see more here.


These findings were shown to the Club and Supporters Board, and it was felt that the Club had provided the appropriate Covid guidance measures in place, such as publishing it’s guidance policy on its website and signage around the ground as well as providing other measures such as sanitizer, contactless payments and so on within the stadium.


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