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Fan Mail Update Oct / Nov

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 14 2019 07:32PM

In this issue…

BCST Fans Forum / AGM 2019

Fans Diversity Conference report

BCST sponsorship of Bradford City Women 2019/20

FSA Council EFL League 1 & 2 Network Election Result

Incidents at Grimsby

West Yorkshire Police Football Forum

BCST Structured Dialogue progress

FSA Awards 2019 shortlist: Vote Now!

But first...

On The Pitch

Second in the table! The results show we can score goals in this league despite some performances being not too great, and lets face it, most fans will take 3 points over performance- it doesn’t have to be pretty as long as we win, and hopefully be consistent as we go into the festive season where fixtures will pile up over that period. It is great that Gary Bowyer seems to be settled at City and has been able to bring in his players and introduce his ways and have respect with the players.

BCST Fans Forum / AGM 2019

We have come round to that period in the year when we make preparations for putting on our Fans’ Forum and AGM which is scheduled for early December or in January of next year.

The great news is we have City veteran and Chief Exec of Bradford City Community Foundation, Ian ‘big stix’ Ormondroyd who has agreed to a be a guest speaker to our Fans Forum but we have to confirm a date before we can guarantee this. We will give you notice of a date as soon as we can.

The AGM or Annual General Meeting, is the main fixture in the year when we meet and consult you the members, reaching democratic decisions about how best we can take the Trust forward. Linked to this we can also confirm that we are in the process of putting out a major consultation via ‘Survey Monkey’ on a whole range of issues, ranging from cost to membership and benefits to campaigns and what your interests are. To find out more click here.

Fans For Diversity Conference 2019

On the 20th of September, our Chair, Manny Dominguez went down to London on behalf of the Trust to attend the first conference of the Fans For Diversity campaign programme of the FSA and Kick It Out. To find out more click here.

BCST sponsorship of Bradford City Women 2019/20

We are pleased to say that once again the Trust has been able to sponsor a First Team Player for Bradford City Women’s Football Club. We feel strongly about supporting the community side of football, not just the professional game, and BCWFC certainly deserve our backing.

The Club, like all women’s football clubs at this level, is run completely voluntarily – and the team pay to play. Nationally women’s football has finally been given a boost by the FA. The Women’s Super League is completely professional while the Championship Clubs are largely so. To find out more click here.

FSA Council EFL League 1 & 2 Network Election Result

On Thursday 19th September our EFL League 1 and 2 Network met, and elected Manny Dominguez from the Bradford City Supporters Trust as the Network’s third representative on the FSA’s National Council.

Manny sits alongside Antony Wilkinson (Blackpool Supporters’ Trust) and Roger Ellis (Sky Blue Trust) representing supporters in EFL Leagues 1 and 2. To find out more click here. You can see this article on the FSA website here.

Incidents at Grimsby Town

On the 10th of August the Bantams travelled to Cleethorpes for their first away fixture of the season at Blundell Park. Grimsby Town had completely sold out its 1,800 capacity to traveling City fans in this 1 – 1 draw. But the incident we are highlighting was not the events on the pitch unfortunately but in the away section of the ground. The ground was teaming with police, but less so was the number of stewards at that end who were struggling to control the crowd. To find out more click here. For further reading on the FSA's 9 point plan to improve stewarding click here.

West Yorkshire Police Football IAG

In August BCST among other supporters groups in the West Yorkshire area were invited to an Independent Advisory Group Jointly set up by West Yorkshire Police and FSA.

The intention of this group is to consult and discuss a variety of issues that are predominantly about match day issues. These can be issues such as parking up in and around the grounds, issues relating to Supporters Coaches and away fan travel to the match day experience before during and after, and relate to how the Police deal with incidents, and we discuss how we can take things forward, learning from previous experiences. These meetings are on a monthly basis. To find out more click here.

BCST Structured Dialogue progress

The Trust is part of the Supporters Board that meets the Clubs senior officers on a monthly basis – we have a structured dialogue in place here which also has a Terms of Reference – this is about what can be discussed and the structure of the group and meetings. To find out more click here.

FSA Awards 2019 shortlist: Vote Now!

The Football Supporters’ Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware – voting is open now, so fans can back their favourites. To find out more click here, or you can vote on the FSA's website article here.

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