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Cardiff City legend Jason Perry and BBC Wales soccer commentator, Rob Phillips will once again take part in a fans’ forum for Trust members following the annual general meeting next month.

The former Bluebirds skipper along with Rob will give their verdict on the current season and look forward to the prospects of a successful 2016-17 season and what strengthening is needed.

The forum will follow the Trust’s AGM at the Three Arches pub in Cardiff on Thursday, May 12. The AGM is 6.30pm for a 7pm start with Jason and Rob taking the stage at around 7.45pm. We are delighted that Jason and Rob are once again giving up their spare time to attend.

There will be a free raffle for members with the star prize a signed Bluebirds shirt.

We look forward to chatting with Trust members and to a memorable evening of all-things Bluebirds.

 

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Supporters Direct has helped build sports clubs based on community ownership and involvement across the UK for more than 15 years. Some of our greatest successes have been in Wales.

SD has written a manifesto for the National Assembly election (see below.) The Trust fully endorses this agenda and is writing to candidates asking them to support the manifesto which aims to ensure fans play a formal part in the way their clubs are run.

We will be publishing their responses on our website but please feel free to send it yourself to your Assembly candidates.

Tim Hartley

Trust Chair

MANIFESTO

SD has helped to build sports clubs based on community ownership and involvement for 15 years across the UK. Some of the greatest examples have been in Wales. The Swans Trust was instrumental in the rebirth and rise of Swansea City, and Wrexham AFC and Merthyr Town are shining examples of how clubs can secure their future and reconnect through community ownership.

A new wave of supporters is now being inspired to walk this path – at Newport County, Ton Pentre AFC and Rhyl FC. We believe that the Welsh Government should play its part to help build a model of ownership of sport that encourages inclusion and participation. Together we can realise the real benefits of social and community development and physical well-being that sports clubs can bring.

We challenge the major parties to adopt our agenda for the benefit of Welsh sport and society.

Structured dialogue

Supporter involvement within sport is critical. SD wants professional clubs to engage with supporters through regular meetings between Supporters Trusts and senior club officials. Supporters contribute time, emotional effort and a lot of money to their clubs. Clubs can make better decisions through proper consultation with their community and should embrace their views to grow stronger as one.

Funding for communities to own their sports clubs

You need to invest in club development to get strong clubs that can deliver social good, and have the platform to achieve sports participation targets. We need to establish a bespoke SD Cymru with a dedicated employee in Wales to co-ordinate the work of all the stakeholders interested in the social benefits of sport. The next Welsh Government should help fund this work so that we can increase the number of clubs converting to community ownership and build the social benefit that will follow.

A chance to protect and develop important sports facilities

The Welsh Government has the opportunity to implement the powers of the Localism Act with a stronger and more effective set of community rights. A right of first refusal at a fair price for registered community groups to bid for a listed sports facility, protection from debt arrangements and greater collaboration and support for communities to prepare a bid is essential.

Incentivising community ownership in sport

Our recent research found that the annual average benefit per community owned club of volunteering is £126,630. The annual average benefit through capital investment is £168,383.To recognise this value and incentivise more clubs to choose this route we have proposed that a new tax status should be created for democratically owned sports clubs that meet strict criteria, including reinvesting surpluses and protecting assets for community use. Clubs would benefit from Gift Aid on donations, receive a minimum of 80% rate relief and are exempt from Corporation Tax.

We challenge all parties to join the growing support for these proposals and help build SD Cymru for the benefit of Welsh Sport.

 

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The Trust is conducting its annual fans’ survey and we’d be grateful if supporters could spare a few minutes to answer the questions.

There are questions on issues such as safe standing, season ticket renewals and the match-day experience and what you would like to see the Trust prioritise in the year ahead.

To complete the survey members should click on

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ccfctrustmembersurvey

Non-members can also complete the survey by clicking on

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ccfctrustopensurvey

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Trust board member Kieran Jones reports on a meeting with the new Cardiff City Fan Engagement Officer

The Trust had a very good meeting with Amy McNiven, the new Cardiff City Fan Engagement Officer. We went through what her remit is and how it affects the supporters.

Main points from Amy were:

  • To create a better match day experience for ALL fans, make it enjoyable
  • Increase communications to all of the fan base
  • Liaise with Supporter groups and all other fans
  • Liaise with Communities and Schools
  • Increase Player’s profile

We discussed several ways of improving the fan’s experience for all fans

  • Currently the schools are a massive success, an allocation of 2,000 free tickets have been allocated for every home game for rest of season
  • Flags – 2 flags will be ready for Derby’s home game, these will be used in the corners of the Canton Stand before the match and when goals are scored.
  • Players not in match day squad are now involved on corporate levels talking to fans and even serving behind the bars. I asked that this be tried in the Canton and Ninian stands this weekend, we both agreed this may end in disaster behind the bar but they are going to give it a trial.

The Trust asked Amy

That we have another Q&A with Russell and a few of the players, she agreed this was a good idea as the last one was successful, she will speak to Russell shortly.

For an open training day at CCS with free entry, around Easter break if possible.

For ex-players to come back to CCS, introduce them to fans at half time and then for them to sit in different areas of the ground with the fans as well as corporate levels.

In all Amy is very positive and having a direct link to chief executive Ken Choo may be for the good of the fans.

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