Friday, 21 November 2014

Burns Unit Presentation at Gillingham Game

There will be a half-time presentation to the Bradford University Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the game vs. Gillingham  on Saturday Nov 22nd. It will feature Alan Tay, David Sharpe Research Fellow at the PSBRU, receiving a donation for the running total of the 30th Anniversary Commemoration to date. This kicks off the recently announced campaign to raise £300,000 with support coming in countrywide.

The delegation making the presentation on behalf of  major donors include:

Leroy Lewis, Tim Clarke, Leanne Clarke, Krystyna Szczygiel and Danny Wright - Bradalona FC

Keith Petty - Three Peaks Walk

Matt Stevens-Woodhead, Gemma Wilson - FYSA Theatre Group 

Ian 'Stix' Ormondroyd - BCFC Community Foundation

Mike Thompson - Supporters Board/Supporters Trust

The recent news that the FA, Premier League and Football League will all be joining us in this years  commemorations is very welcome for the people of Bradford and Lincoln, who have always marked the occasion with great dignity. It is fantastic that the football community can come together like this and also perhaps make a tangible contribution by donating to the Burns Unit Appeal. The Premier League have already announced a £25,000 donation. This will be of tremendous help in meeting the target and we thank them most sincerely.

We will keep you informed of other initiatives and events as they develop.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

DVD Event - 5th December 2014

The Bradford City Supporters Trust is hosting a special event..

Remember that amazing season a couple of years ago?  The one with 2 Wembley trips,  and those historic giant killings?  Well here is your chance to re-live that amazing season with other Bradford City fans.  

The Supporters Trust have teamed up with the Cartwright Hotel,  on 5th December at 7:30pm to host a special DVD screening of our History Makers.

Entry is Free of Charge to any Bradford City fan, no ticket needed,  just show up on the night. There is a Raffle and other amazing things going on,  this is an event not to be missed by any Bradford City fan.

The night is a relaxed evening,  no dress code,  no prior tickets,  just come down have a nice drink and watch when history was made.

The evening also gives you the chance to ask about what amazing work the Supporters Trust does on the fans behalf, and how you can help.

See you there.....

Monday, 17 November 2014

Trust AGM and Fans' Forum Overview

Trust AGM and Fans' Forum
12 November 2014


The AGM took place in the Princes Room at the Midland Hotel. What a magnificent venue in all its Victorian spledour.

The formal business highlights were as follows:

Minutes of AGM 13 November 2013 approved
Independent Report and Accounts approved (document available on this website)
The Meeting agreed that no professional audit would be required for 2014/15 and that Figurewise Ltd be appointed to produce the Report and Accounts for that year
Matthew Hemmingway, Jamie Dorward and Justin Brett were elected as Board members for a three year term of office. The Board now consists of 9 elected and 3 co-opted Members.
An update to the Trust Rules was approved (document available on this website - Here)

Alan Bloore of the Football Supporters Federation spoke about their Campaign for Safe Standing, pointing out that this was not intended to enforce standing areas upon Premiership and Football League Clubs, but was to remove the Regulation requiring any Club promoted to the Championship to have an all-seater stadium within two years. The effect of this would be that every Premiership and Football League Club would have the option to create Safe Standing Areas in their Stadium. It was expected that they would only do this where Fans wanted it to happen, where there was a clear economic case for it and where spectator safety could be adequately ensured through design and control (Safety Case) to the satisfaction of the appropriate authority (usually the relevant Local Authority).

Trust Chair Mike Thompson paid tribute to the work of the Trust Board, Kate Davies of Figurewise Ltd and, in thanking the members and guests present for their attendance for this important business meeting, closed the AGM.

Fan's Forum

Vice Chair Manny Dominguez then introduced the guests for the Fans' Forum, Academy Manager Alan Nevison, Head of Academy Coaching Steve Thornber and Alan Bloore of FSF.

The audience was treated to a brilliant whistle-stop tour of the Academy, its structure and staffing, the arrangements for Coaching, Sports Science and Medicine, Education and Welfare and Recruitment. Hearing about the professional training and educational philosophies and procedures was an eye-opener for everyone present.

Alan and Steve described the set-up of City's Category Three Academy which has teams for U-9 through to U-18 (The Youth Team) and 5 Coaches in total. There is also a Development Centre which caters for U-7 and U-8 players and the U-9 team, which functions as a learning environment to develop players so that they can impress in the Academy as they progress through the age groups. They both spoke with passion and commitment, demonstrating their dedication to the young players under their mantle and we got a real insight into what life is like for the staff and players in the Bradford City Academy. All City fans can be rightly proud of the work being done in our Academy which is making great strides to develop the next generation of City starlets and establish a sustainable and improving pathway for their progress. A highly professional and caring outfit.

All three guests went on to answer questions with frankness and openness, never ducking the odd hot potato tossed in their direction by an increasingly appreciative audience. Covering the understandable concerns about the head-hunting of some of our best talent by the big guys, Steve made the point that it would never be our intention to stand in the way of a positive career move for one of our players. And of course, the Academy has been responsible for significantly more revenue being made available for the First Team Squad through player transactions than any movement of players from said First Team (perhaps with the exception of a certain Bermudan First Teamer in the more recent past).

Alan Bloore also spoke with passion about a number of fan-related topics such as the cost of following football at many clubs and the assertion that 'Watching Football is not a crime!' when he was referring to overzealous attitudes by the authorities towards the average football fan.

In all, this was a highly informative and entertaining journey around some of the key issues in football today, how do we develop young players for their benefit and that of the game as a whole and let's not forget that, without the real support of ordinary men, women and children, the game would not be the same fascinating spectacle that so many of us enjoy.

Manny closed the meeting and everyone present were then able to enjoy the raffle from which £81 was raised. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

To our guests, Alan, Steve and Alan, our sincere and heartfelt thanks for giving so freely of their time, energy and informative delivery and to those present on the receiving end, thanks for your attendance and support to our fund-raising on the night. We hope you all enjoyed the experience. And to the Gary Peacock and his team at the Midland Hotel, many thanks for providing such a splendid venue and looking after us so well on the night.

For more information on the Academy, be prepared to be amazed at www.bradfordcityacademy.co.uk.

For the Football Supporters Federation, go to www.fsf.org.uk

And you already know how to find us or you wouldn't have been reading this!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Annual General Meeting and Fans Forum

Annual General Meeting and Fans' Forum
Wednesday 12 November 2014
French Ballroom,
Midland Hotel,
Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4HU

Bradford City Supporters' Trust is delighted to announce that Academy Head of Coaching, Steve Thornber and Academy Manager, Alan Nevison, will be addressing a Fans' Forum and answering questions from the floor in the French Ballroom at the Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford, on Wednesday 12 November 2014, following the Trust's Annual General Meeting.
The AGM starts at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7 pm) and the Fans' Forum kicks off at 8.15 pm.All Bantam Fans are welcome although only Trust Members are able to vote on AGM Motions.
There will be a cash bar throughout the evening, also serving tea and coffee and a raffle with fantastic prizes, including a Match Ball signed by the First Team Squad.
Come along to this iconic setting and hear what Steve and Alan have to say about the fantastic work being done in the Academy and what we can do to help it become even more successful in the future.
There is easy access to the Hotel from Forster Square Station and the Interchange and Central Car Parks are only a few minutes walk away.

WANT TO SEE THE GILLINGHAM GAME IN STYLE?
Fancy a 3 Course dinner in the Directors Suite, go on the Pitch before the match, Match Tickets and Suite use at half time and after the Match. Simply Share our Website www.BCST.co.uk on your social network, and turn up to the AGM to be entered in the Prize Draw.*

Please take a moment to look at the following downloads:
BCST AGM Agenda DownloadBCST Proposed Rules, BCST Accounts



* Prize is none transferable, has no cash value, and both Bradford City and Supporters Trust have the right to change, cancelled this promotion at any time and without notice. All rights reserved.

Friday, 24 October 2014

New Web Page

Coming late November is the BCST new website  with all the News from the Bradford City Supporters Trust.  Keep checking www.BCST.co.uk.