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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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Safe Standing Allowed – The campaign finally wins!

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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2 comments
Oct 1 2021 02:16PM by Margaret cakvert

Will it be cheaper to stand than sit

Oct 1 2021 03:15PM by Manny Dominguez

Hi Margaret. In answer to your question, I sincerely hope so.

Perhaps though, in order to pay for it and help reduce the cost of installing it at the club, fans could help contribute more on their season tickets. to subsidise the match day cost of the safe standing area.

If everyone paid a fiver more for example, that would help the club immensely thus subsidising the cost for others.

Hope that answers your question.

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