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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 14 2021 08:14AM

The UK Football Policing Unit would like to seek your views on policing at football fixtures and have created a survey to ask for your thoughts based on your experiences of attending football.


The Trust attends the West Yorkshire Police Football Supporters Independent Advisory Board (IAG) meetings and is interested to hear your views so we encourage members / City fans, especially those of you who travel to fill in this survey.


Also, we can facilitate a meeting with the Dedicated Football Officer (DFO) for Bradford, Rupert Kendrick in attendance for supporters to ask questions, raise issues and discuss ways on enhancing supporter / police relations. If you are interested in attending something like this please contact us at [email protected]


Fill in the survey here.


If you have any queries with the survey please contact the UKFPU directly via [email protected]


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 10 2021 12:09PM

Our classic City designs of the past with our logo on them are continuing to sell, and we now have babygrows to welcome your new Bantam into the world.


We are continuing to work in partnerhip with Chablais Sport/World Retro to bring you our classic range of City shirts and now including babygrows.


The shirts also have Bradford Central Foodbank (who we’ve worked to support) logo on the shirtsleeves.


Proceeds of the shirts go to supporting us as well as the Foodbank.


Shirt costs £35 including delivery.

Babygrows are just £31.50.

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

A bargain!


You can order your retro shirt here.


You can get in touch with them at this email address: [email protected]


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 8 2021 07:21AM

Bantams Supporters Trust are really pleased that the Government have indicated that further standing areas will be coming to the top two divisions before the end of the season.


The Chair of the Trust, Manny Dominguez, who has long been an advocate of the railed seating technology in designated safe standing areas as adopted in Germany says, “we are a step closer to the realization of football being able to provide the choice to stand or sit throughout the top 2 division.”


The BBC reported on 29th August that ministers will instruct the regulator, the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), to choose early adopters for trials of standing areas in the Premier League and Championship as soon as possible.


If the initial trials prove successful, the expectation is legislation would be widened out to cover all stadiums in England’s top two divisions within the next few years.

A spokesperson for the Sports Ground Safety Authority said: “We are working closely with the government on planning the next steps for implementing this manifesto commitment.”


FSA chair Malcolm Clarke said: “People who want to stand should be able to do so in safety. Those who want to sit should be able to do so without having their view blocked.


“The safety and customer care arguments have been won. We would urge the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to proceed as soon as possible.”


To read more click on to the FSA article here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 25 2021 07:56AM

We have a wide variety of surveys to assess how you watch the game, which include, ‘Women at the match’, findings from disabled supporters accessing the game, and a policing survey finding out how you view the policing of fixtures.


Women at the match

A new study has recently been launched – an FSA survey about women’s fan attitudes on attending football, and are looking for women fans from both the men’s and women’s games to give us their insight.


The survey builds on the report of the first FSA ‘Women at the Match‘ survey back in 2015, one of the largest ever pieces of research into women fans’ experiences of attending professional football.


Take part in the Women at the match survey here.


Findings from disabled supporters accessing the game

Around a third of disabled supporters say they have been put off going to the match according to a new national survey of disabled fans.


More than 1,400 disabled fans took part in a survey conducted by Level Playing Field,

a national disability access campaign group, and the results show a large number still feel excluded from live football.


The survey found that 30% of supporters felt unable to attend sporting venues due to poor access for disabled supporters. Additionally, 25% of respondents said that ‘anxiety or lack of confidence’ was a barrier when attending live sport. Following lengthy restrictions on attending live sport due to the pandemic, 73% of the supporters surveyed said they would want to attend a match ‘right away’ once permitted.


The top three COVID-19 measures that fans wanted in place when returning were hand sanitising stations, hand washing facilities, and mask wearing (bar exemptions).


Read the Level Playing Field Survey report here.


Policing survey

The UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) are after supporters' views on policing at football fixtures. Bantams Supporters Trust is involved in the West Yorkshire Football Supporters Police Independent Advisory Board (IAG) along with other football supporters groups and would be interested in the findings of this survey and how many Bradford City fans take part in it.


You can take part in the UK Football Policing Unit survey here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 6 2021 08:07AM

With Covid capacity restrictions lifted and crowds returning to stadiums for this season 2021/22, the EFL have decided not to continue streaming all League games, except mid-week matches, Bank Holidays and matches that fall on an International Weekend.


We understand the limitations of streaming/televising matches on Saturdays between 2.45pm and 5.15pm due to UEFA’s Article 48 that ensures European national football associations encourage attendances by blacking out live football broadcasting between those times.


Because, however, there has been so much uncertainty about how Covid can still affect society as a result of lifting restrictions as early as they were, including much mixed messaging abound, plus many unable to attend due to self isolating or shielding, and many members of vulnerable groups apprehensive of returning to stadiums because of having to mix in large crowds, the EFL would be forgiven to suspend the black out for another season, to ensure all that are still affected by the virus can still stream matches.


You can see a more detailed look at how to watch League Two matches on the EFL website here. Bradford City’s website has the weekend dates that coincide with International weekend fixtures here.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 5 2021 08:18AM

The season is now underway, and there is great expectation and anticipation returning home to the theatre of dreams at Valley Parade after a very long wait due to the pandemic.


Behind the scenes of the football more generally, there have been conversations about the crisis that it finds itself in about how best should football be run.


Bantams Supporters Trust has led on updating City fans on the on-going Government, Fan-Led Review of Football Governance, where the select Review Panel, Chaired by Tracy Crouch MP has heard evidence from all the FSA’s Network Groups (of which BST is part of the League One & Two Network).


The Review Panel’s recommendations include having an independent regulator of football and that fan engagement recommendations become mandatory through legislation. You can find out more about the recommendations here.


At the same time, the FSA, has now published it’s evidence to the Review Panel that it gave which is basically a number of comprehensive proposals for the future of football. You can see/download the FSA’s published Evidence Submission here, and there is further Supplementary Evidence you can see /download here. For further reading on this plus a summary of what the proposals cover, see here.


In the coming months, the Fan-led Review will build upon Tracey Crouch’s recommendations and produce detailed plans for reform ahead of the final report. The Review’s final recommendations will be published in October.


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