Trust chair Tim Hartley provides a November update from the Trust
It has been a strange season so far and though our position in the League is ok we haven’t had that much to shout about. The Trust is keen to help try to inject some more passion into the club and has been looking at ways to improve the relationship between the club, the team and the fans.
We have met to discuss improving the atmosphere and hope the flags initiative and proposed fan zone does take off. We are still waiting for that first meeting for fans with Russell Slade. Let’s hope that this gets sorted soon. It’s vital that we feel we are pulling together as one.
At a recent board meeting it was decided to revamp our Business Plan so that we lay out what we can all expect from the Trust. This will be based around the priorities we agreed at our AGM in May.
Dialogue – To represent the views of members and ensure effective dialogue between them and Cardiff City AFC.
Participation and Representation – To increase supporter’s influence and campaign for supporter representation on the Club board.
Community Activities – To strengthen the links and understanding between the Club, its supporters and the community it serves.
Connection – To work with stakeholders, opinion formers, other supporters’ bodies and organisations so that the Trust develops as a positive, inclusive and representative group.
The Trust wants to improve communication with members and is looking for people to help with the website and with social media. We aim to hold more events like the successful former players evening we held at the Cardiff City Stadium. It’s great to be able to reminisce and meet our heroes from the past. We will also hold events for members and guests outside Cardiff, following on from the great night we had at Aberdare. If you would like us to organise an event in your area then do get in touch.
On the national level we await the report of the Government Expert Working Group which we hope will ensure formal supporter engagement and make owning significant shareholdings in clubs easier.
In case you missed them, we have uploaded the first of our oral histories onto the Trust website. Click on the icons to hear people talk about their memories of following the City today and yesterday. If you would like to record your, your friends’ or your family’s histories then get in touch.
There’s a lot to be done so if you want to help us build the Trust and support the City then contact email@example.com or call into the Trust office at the stadium on match days and have a chat. It’s between gates 4 and 5.