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Cardiff City Audio Description Football Commentary Service

Adam Gilliatt, Cardiff City FC’s Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer, has been in touch about the club’s Audio Description Football Commentary service which went live at the weekend. It is aimed at improving access for all fans.

We’d be grateful if members and fans generally could make visually impaired friends or relatives aware if  they think they might make use of this excellent service, which is free. The speech function can be used on mobile phones.

For more information click the link https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/news/cardiff-city-fc-launch-audio-description-commentary-service

Trust Chair Looks Ahead To 2020

Trust chair Keith Morgan

At the time of writing this, Cardiff City is about to enter the Christmas and New Year fixture period ahead of the January 2020 transfer window.

It is seldom a dull period in following the fortunes of our club, either on or off the pitch.

In recent weeks we have seen Neil Warnock leave his post as manager, together with a number of his supporting staff to be replaced by Neil Harris and his own selection of support staff.

Initial indications are that there will be wholesale changes to the approach of the club from grass roots upwards a change which many fans may feel is long overdue.

Results on the pitch have improved but performances suggest that there is still a long way to go to fully push for a promotion back to the Premier League and to enjoy the benefits of a successful long term player development strategy at the club.

The January 2020 transfer window is likely to be an important initial step in developing the first team squad with the manager stating that a number of players will have to depart to free up a wages and transfer fee budget for incoming players.

Realistically, it will take at least a couple of transfer windows to shape the squad into one that he feels happy with but next month could be a start if he has the necessary financial backing from the club’s owner and senior management team.

At least the club can enter the transfer window without the threat of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban because of the dispute with Nantes FC (over the Emeliano Sala transfer) due to the recent appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This is due to be heard in the Spring of 2020, with a result expected around June 2020.

Whatever happens, for a lot of us CCFC will remain a big part of our lives and the club can rely on our support as it always has, through good times and bad.

Season’s greetings to everyone and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and your families.

  • Please also don’t forget that there will be a bucket collection at the Swansea City game next month in support of brain injury charity, Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, the Trust’s chosen good cause for this season. A donation from as many people as possible, no matter how small, will be of benefit to this local charity and help them in their important work supporting those in a far less comfortable position than most.

Keith

Cardiff City Helping To Show Racism the Red Card With Backing From The Trust

Kristina Hedges, Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust board member and an educational worker for Show Racism The Red Card writes about the charity vital work to tackle racism, a scourge on football and society in general.

What comes to mind when you visualise ‘Show Racism the Red Card’?

With its football-themed name and links to clubs, it’s hardly surprising that many people think ‘football charity’.

Actually, SRtRC  is an educational charity. The majority of work is in schools and other educational centres, delivering workshops on the topic of anti-racism.

 I’m delighted to be linking the Trust with the charity, thereby, strengthening the charity’s links with the club.

The support of clubs is a key part of how the charity engages with young people –offering up relatable role models in a bid to help tackle racism in society.

The annual SRtRC matchday, where supporters can see players and officials warming up in our shirts and holding up the red cards, is great for raising awareness in the charity and its work and we’re always grateful when players agree to be interviewed about their experiences.

Check out last season’s video interview with Neil Etheridge https://www.theredcard.org/showracismtheredcardpodcastand the podcast interview with Sol Bamba https://www.theredcard.org/showracismtheredcardpodcast.

Alongside SRtRC’s work with young people, we have recently been providing anti-racism training for Cardiff City FC stewards during their pre-match training sessions.

The Trust is very keen to support the charity in its work and has been represented at the annual creative competition awards ceremony and a recent educational event held in the stadium.

Local schools are also invited to attend these club events where SRtRC staff and sessional workers (including former City defender Steve Jenkins) deliver workshop activities to explore racism and stereotypes. A report of the event and pictures can be seen on the charity’s website here: https://www.theredcard.org/news/2019/11/8/cardiff-city-fc-educational-club-event.

Recent media reports show that racism is on the rise once again in the game of football and sadly, according to the charity’s research, this rise is mirrored in our schools and colleges.

So now more than ever it’s vital that we all work together to Show Racism the Red Card.

Bucket Collection for Brain Injury Charity At Swansea Game

One month today the brain injury association Headway Cardiff & South East Wales will carry out a bucket collection at the Swansea City game on Sunday, January 12.

 Headway Cardiff & South East Wales was chosen by the Trust as its charity for the current season after Trust members were asked to nominate a deserving cause.

Trust chairman, Keith Morgan, said: “Cardiff City fans are known for their generosity and I’m sure they will give support to the bucket collection for this very worthwhile charity.

“We’d also like to again thank Cardiff City and chief executive, Ken Choo, for agreeing to the collection at the derby game. Thanks also to Supporter Liaison Officer Adam Gilliatt for helping Headway Cardiff & South East Wales with the organisation of the collection.”

Headway Cardiff & South East Wales Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Pearce, explains the work the charity carries out. “Headway Cardiff & South East Wales help people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. Acquired Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant.

“At Headway Cardiff & South East Wales we support individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to regain their independence and we help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. We offer social groups, life skills sessions, counselling, an Information & Outreach service and an Independence & Wellbeing Centre based at Rookwood Hospital.

“Our aim is to increase awareness of acquired brain injury and its consequences. We also want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy sport, while being better protected from the risks of concussion. A lot has been achieved in the past few years to improve concussion protocols, but we believe everyone who plays sport should be concussion aware.

“Thank you to the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust for choosing to support us this season. It will go a long way in helping us to promote understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers.”

You can show your support for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales by following them on Twitter, Facebook (@HeadwayCardiff) and Instagram (headway_cardiff) or visit our website at www.headwaycardiff.com.

Homeless World Cup 2019: Cardiff Report

Trust chair Keith Morgan

Trust chair Keith Morgan was a member of the organising committee involved in this year’s Homeless World Cup. Keith takes a quick look back at the tournament, won by Mexico in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

The end of July and early August 2019 saw the HWC World Cup Tournament hosted in Wales for the first time in its 17 year history, with over 50 countries and over 500 players from across the globe taking part.

The tournament was set up to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and the wider issue of social exclusion.

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen was a key patron of the event as part of the organising committee. He did a remarkable job in giving of both his time and his money to ensure that the event went ahead as planned.

The tournament , held in a specially constructed tournament site in Coopers Fields just behind Cardiff Castle walls , proved to be a great success with large crowds watching games throughout the week on all three pitches and over 30,000 visitors to the site over the week to both watch the football and take part in various family activities.

Also on site was a marquee at which several debates were held about homelessness and related issues. Most such debates attracted capacity audiences. On some evenings, entertainment was provided on stage by a number of local bands, including musicians like James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers.

Feedback received since the event from countries all across the world has been extremely positive , with so many people saying how well they were received and treated not just at the tournament by the people of Cardiff generally . This is a great tribute to our city.

In 2020 the next tournament will be held in Tampere, Finland, in June where Cardiff will certainly prove to be a hard act to follow.

The Homeless World Cup was awarded the Great Sport Story of the Year award at BBC Wales’ Sports Award event at the Celtic Manor in Newport.

The Greenest Game of Football The World Has Ever Seen!

Forest Green Rovers FC

Over the last few months we all will have seen stories in the news about how we need to act against climate change, but does football have a role to play? 

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust Board member, Richard Lewis. went along to a talk by League Two’s Forest Green Rovers FC to find out more.

With Dale Vince – owner of the electricity company ‘Ecotricity’ – as a major shareholder and chairman, the Cotswolds-based club was recently described by FIFA as ‘the greenest football club in the world’.

Forest Green Rovers FC has ‘greening up football’ as its ethos, and it demonstrates this to its players, staff, fans, visiting-supporters, and local community through a range of environmentally friendly projects looking at food, transport and energy.

First up are the vegan burgers, served in sugar cane containers and washed down with refreshments in compostable cups. 

Fellow Trust members Phil Nifield and David Craig watched Rovers’ recent match against Plymouth Argyle. David said: “My three visits to an FGR home game are memorable for the hot spicy and more importantly healthy vegan burgers I had.

“The visits were also memorable for the high level of the football played although on every occasion FGR lost! I am thinking of staying away but the draw of the vegan burger is too strong. Let’s hope that FGR beat Carlisle in their FA Cup Replay and they will come to Cardiff for the FA Cup 3rd round bringing carloads of those famous burgers with them. Perhaps we can adopt themas we did with Chasetown………as brothers and sisters in football with a few burgers thrown in, of course.”

The club’s car park has charging points for electric vehicles, and the playing squad have road-tested the NissanLeaf electric car.  Fans who are keen gardeners will notice the green spaces around the stadium, alongside an organically grown pitch.As you would expect given the club’s owners, the stadium gets its power from green electricity and recycled water.

These are just some of the innovative things happening at the ‘Green Devils’, with other highlights being eco-paint for pitch-markings, a 50% bamboo playing-kit, and an alternative range of corporate sponsors to the type of companies currently supporting many of our football clubs.

Off the pitch, Rovers and their fans are benefiting from an academy programme and community trust, with exciting plans for a new 10,000-seater stadium off the M5, and the pursuit of promotion, of course!

Your Cardiff City Supporters Trust is keen to hear your views on how green you think are the Bluebirds, andif there are environmental improvements which you would like to see in and around the stadium?  Please get in touch and let us know: members@ccfctrust.org / @CCFC1927.  We plan to discuss ideas with Cardiff City FC over the coming months.