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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 9 2021 11:36AM


The Bantams Supporters Trust (BST) has arranged a special Fans Forum at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21st April with Bantams' CEO Ryan Sparks to answer questions from all City fans about the current season and the prospects for a post-COVID future.


It's another opportunity to attend a meeting with Ryan and put forward a question if you missed out on watching Bradford City Fans' Forum hosted by BBC Radio Leeds.

Here is just a taster of questions to be asked:


• How does Ryan reflect on his role since his promotion to the top job?

• What are his thoughts on the change in football management and the Trueman/Sellars regime?

• What thoughts and preparations are there for the time when fans are finally allowed back into Valley Parade?

Supporters who wish to hear Ryan's thoughts on these issues and many others are invited to email us your confirmation of attendance at [email protected], so we can then email you the Zoom link for the meeting. Please submit your questions for Ryan before the event via our email [email protected].


BST is most grateful to Ryan for providing this opportunity for CIty fans to find out the latest direct from the top of the club. The Trust AGM will follow the Fans Forum on the same Zoom link, from about 8.15 pm.


Manny Dominguez, Chair, BST


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 26 2021 07:00AM

Dear Supporters and Members,


Following our correspondence earlier in the year are pleased to confirm that we will be holding our AGM and Fans Forum for 2020, on the revised date of 21st April 2021.


We are pleased to inform you that Ryan Sparks, Bradford City’s CEO has agreed to be our guest at our Fans Forum and that this will be the first of the two events on that evening, the second being our Annual General Meeting.


The Fans Forum and AGM will be an online Zoom event and proceedings will start at 7pm with Ryan Sparks speaking about the Club’s plans with fans being able to submit their questions in advance for him to us at [email protected] . This will be an open meeting for all Bantams fans and we would ask that attendance is confirmed in advance on the email address above, in order to provide the zoom link.


The second half of the evening will be our AGM and will follow the fans forum from 8.15pm to discuss BST aims for the coming year. All Bantams Fans are welcome, although as usual only Trust members are able to vote on BST Motions.


Membership & Patrons

Membership of BST is completely free and can be obtained in the link in full here: https://www.bcst.co.uk/membership/4589006395


In order to further support the Club, community initiatives and BCST good causes – as a not for profit Supporters Group - we also welcome City fans who wish to become a BCST Patron, for a small annual donation. To be a patron and find out more you can click in the link in full here: https://www.bcst.co.uk/become-a-patron/4589517736


We include a copy of the draft agenda. Full information regarding the Fans Forum event, the AGM meeting papers and final agenda will follow in due course.


If you have an item of “Any other business” for consideration please email [email protected] by Wednesday 14th April 2021. Please note that AOB items can not be accepted after this deadline.


Join the Bantams Supporters’ Trust Board

This is YOUR chance to help set the direction of your Trust. With a maximum of 15 Board Members permitted we currently have up to 9 BST Board vacancies available.


In addition to roles available including Secretary, Social Media Officer, Fundraising and Events; we are always on the look out for board members to bring fresh ideas and expertise, for the benefit of Bradford City Supporters. For example developing supporter-led projects and community initiatives.


If you have any skills, experience or interest in any of these areas and you are a current Trust Member and would like or be interested in putting yourself forward for election to the BST Board, please see the attached nomination form, which includes all of the necessary information.


BST is an independent, democratic organisation. Where the number of nominations we receive exceeds the maximum number available, then an election will be run.


Nominations must be received by Wednesday 14th April 2021 and we look forward to hearing from you.


Please note that all members with an email address will be sent this email via [email protected] to your inboxes so please check your 'spam' folders if you cannot find it.


From our email sent to members from [email protected], you will be able to download a 'PDF' version of our AGM 2020 Draft Agenda, Minutes of the 2019 AGM and the Nomination form for the Trust Board.


We would be grateful if you could confirm your intention to attend the AGM and/or Open Meeting in advance.


With thanks and best wishes.


The BST Trust Board


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 15 2021 03:04PM

The 'Big Step' is formed by people with lived experience of gambling harm, including Gambling with Lives, a charity set up by bereaved families of people who took their own lives because of their gambling addiction. Together, they have walked over 350 miles to 26 different football clubs with gambling relationships in England and Scotland to raise awareness of the harm gambling causes.


On the 6th and 7th of March, they walked 1137 miles – the same distance it would take to visit every football club in England, Wales and Scotland that has listed an official club gambling sponsor or partner. They also invited the general public to participate in their own way at home to raise money.


They wrote to us inviting us to support their campaigning work to help raise the message about gambling awareness and the damage it can do to individuals and their families.


Big Step have a petition recently been signed by Gary Lineker and Peter Shilton. When you have signed it please share.


You may have seen this recent BBC Sport article featuring an open letter from them to 11 football clubs regarding direct gambling promotion on social media.


The group asked us for a quote to support their campaign for an article they were writing on the gambling industry's hold on the beautiful game. There are quotes from Arsenal Independant Supporters Association, The Argyle Fans' Trust, Wycombe Wanderers' Trust and Wallsall Supporters Alliance as well as ours. You can read the article in full here.


We’re helping them reaching out to you in the hope you will use your platform as a supporters’ club to help us protect children and those at risk of gambling addiction.


Please support this advocacy project in any way you can. You can help them reach more people by sharing this article and signing their petition.


Here are the links in full:


To sign the petition its: https://www.change.org/p/end-gambling-advertising-and-sponsorship-in-football


To look at the recent BBC article it’s: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55958315


To see read the blog article from the Big Step its:

https://the-bigstep.com/blog/f/gambling-in-football-what-do-the-fans-think


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 10 2021 04:29PM


We have teamed up with FSA colleagues to put together a Fans' Survey that deals with how, we as City supporters, are watching this season's campaign fixtures on iFollow, how we are experiencing it, concerns you may have about how the pandemic is having on our Club, next season's ticket prices, and More.


To complete the survey simply click here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 9 2021 10:43AM

Order one of our unique range of retro classic City shirts for yourself or as a present to a loved one, as these will be a real collectors' find.


We have teamed up with Chablais Sport via John Uttley who is a York City fan and a keen supporter of the fans movement, who sell retro shirts, to come up with a range of classic City shirt designs to include the Trust and Bradford Central Foodbank logos.


With each shirt sold proceeds will go to the Supporters Trust and Bradford Central Food Bank.


It is vital that the Trust maintains an income from its members and City fans alike so that we can continue to fund community initiatives that can benefit supporters and the wider football community.


All sizes available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL


Long and Short Sleeves available


A name and /or number can be added free of charge


£35 including delivery


If you have any queries about buying and posting - whether that is in the UK or abroad, or any other enquiry please contact Chablais Sport at [email protected]


To have a look at the range of our branded shirts please click here.


If you cannot access the link, try this link in full- https://world-retro.com/?s=Bradford%20City%20supporters%20Trust&post_type=product&fbclid=IwAR3vnu8wFKvTgYjslYOi8jYUMWnkSkOkVJpDhRUI-oKREl36C1DHK5zD8Tg

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 8 2021 03:36PM


What an amazing come back to level the score against Bolton Wonderers on Saturday at Valley Parade with dramatic goal from Danny Rowe in injury time, gaining a vital point. It felt a lot like a victory!


It is a shame however our unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night after a valiant display, being one up for most of the match against Newport County. Frustrating though it is to lose deep into injury time to a penalty, we are sure that City can maintain their zest against their next opposition, Carlisle United when the travel to Brunton Park and come back with a result.


Whilst it is not pretty to watch, the in-form City side look revitalised, and attentive in battle against their opponents, and prior to the Bolton game, they had gone on a remarkable run of 5 wins on the trot, not seen since October 2004.


We welcome the fact that Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars now have been awarded permanent contracts as Joint Managers until the end of next season.


Before signing, the pair had made the best start by a new City manager since Chris Kamara, 25 years ago. Trueman and Sellars had an instant impression on the then struggling team back in December of last year, which seems an age ago now, when the Bantams scrapped and fought for a 1 - 1 draw against Crawley, and since then, went on an unbeaten run of seven games, winning 5 of those matches.


Of course we can't end these notes without mentioning the introduction Lee Turnbull as Recruitment Director at the Club at the end of December, who began his playing career at Middlesborough. He had been at the Club 'for a number of weeks, as the Bantams look to further strengthen their off-field structure', accoring to the Club website (see here). He has been invaluable in the recent January transfer market, being involved in identifying new players brought to the Club, such as Rumarn Burrell, Jordan Stevens, Niall Canavan, Andy Cook, Charles Vernam, Oliver Crankshaw and Danny Rowe.


It makes a change to be writing about a winning team at the right end of the table as opposed to one that until recently has being really struggling in the lower reaches, and we are certain there is a real buzz around Valley Parade, which is difficult to see as we as fans cannot return yet.


It is such a shame that Stuart McCall could not turn things around. It would be a real fairy tale come true if he could, but alas, the conditions were not ripe enough for him at the time, but his missed opportunity should not detract from the fact that we still all think he is a real, genuine, Bradford City legend, as his commitment for the Club and the memories over the years he has given us have truly been magic.


We are sure he will be raising a glass to the success Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars managing the team. And long may the success continue!


With best wishes and stay safe.


From all of us on the Bantams Supporters Trust Board