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22 Sep 2011 13:58:51

Supporters' Trust / Supporters Club. Latest News

Important dates, events and meetings. Cardiff City Supporters Club - www.ccsc.co.uk 22/09/11 Meeting With Cardiff City The Supporters Club held a meeting with Gethin Jenkins & Wayne Nash yesterday and we can now confirm the following dates for your diary:  Sun 18th December 2011 - Children's Christmas Party Sat 21st April 2012 - Player Of The Year Evening  Malky Mackay and his players are fully committed to both events and at this season's presentation night the squad will be voting for their own Players' Player Of The Year Award for the first time ever. Details of ticket prices for both events and how to book will be published shortly.  We will also be working in conjunction with the Supporters Trust to raise further funds for the Fred Keenor appeal and are looking to organise a fund-raising quiz night in November and a celebrity 'Question Of Sport' evening in February. Both events will be held at the Cardiff City Stadium. More details to follow soon.  Cardiff City are also planning further 'Meet Malky' evenings, to give the fans a chance to put their questions to our manager and a selection of our playing squad. The following dates have been pencilled in:  Wed 12th October 2011 - Blackwood Wed 23rd November 2011 - Maesteg  Similar events will also be arranged in London (for members of the 1927 Club) and also in Cardiff. The dates above are still provisional at this stage and further details of how to obtain tickets for these events will be confirmed shortly by the Football Club and through the supporters groups.  Finally, prior to this Sunday's game against Leicester, a bucket collection will take place around the stadium for the Gleison Miners' Fund and there will be a minute's silence prior to kick off. Cardiff City Supporters' Trust - www.ccfctrust.org Trust Hosts Safe Standing Roadshow Should safe standing areas be provided in stadiums for fans? That was the topic under discussion on Tuesday when the Trust hosted a roadshow at the Ninian Park pub in Cardiff. Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford, Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan and the South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies joined Trust members and fans for a demonstration of how a scheme could operate. Also present was Cardiff City stadium manager Wayne Nash. Jon Darch from the Football Supporters’ Federation brought seating from Stuttgart’s stadium in Germany to show how it might work if given the go-ahead in the UK. The seats – known as rail – are made of robust metal with a high back forming a sturdy rail for safe standing and are widely used in the German Bundesliga. At German champions Borussia Dortmund there is standing for 27,000 fans, one third of the stadium’s capacity. Jon, who has taken his roadshow to a dozen stadia and venues across the UK, said: “All we want is for fans to be able to watch football the way they want to – be it sitting or standing.” He explained that the rail seats would cost around £80 each – compared to £30-£60 for plastic seating seen in many grounds. The rail seats could allow clubs to provide between 10 and 20 per cent of a stadium’s capacity for standing and boost capacity in those areas by perhaps 80 per cent, bringing additional revenue to clubs. Jon added: “If standing was not safe it would be banned at every ground in the UK.” League Two Morecambe’s new stadium is a mixture of seating and standing. The FSF said that it was a complete myth that the Hillsborough Disaster was evidence of standing being unsafe. The Justice Taylor report primarily blamed overcrowding, poor policing and bad stadium layout, stressed the FSF. Among the advantages of rail seats say the FSF are that it answers fans’ calls for choice, makes football more socially inclusive, counters problems of an ageing fan base and is safer than standing at lower-backed seats. The Trust hasn’t taken a position on safe standing but we felt it was important to look at the case. Trust chair Tim Hartley has made it clear that while safety must always be the first consideration but pointed to mainland Europe where the noise and camaderie of the traditional terrace had been kept while maintaining a safe environment. You can visit the Safe Standing website at http://www.safestandingroadshow.co.uk Jon Darch of the FSF is at the back with Tim Hartley, Trust chair (left) and Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, right. Cardiff City Supporters' Trust - www.ccfctrust.orgMagazine. The next issue. The Trust board has agreed to publish the next edition of its magazine, Moving to a Different Beat, during January next year.   It has been agreed in principle that the magazine will be available both in hard copy form and online.   The magazine has regular features such as the update on the Trust work, the look back at a season and the Q&A with a member. But we’re looking for ideas from members for possible articles to go into the January edition. With your help we can make it even better.   We’ll also be looking for a reliable and quality firm to print our magazine so we’d appreciate any recommendations from members.   If you have suggestions for the magazine or can recommend a printer please email help@ccfctrust.org Cardiff City Supporters' Trust - www.ccfctrust.orgValleys Rematch @ Pontypridd, 11 November Following the success of the Trust game in Pontypridd we have been challenged to a rematch by the Valley Commandos. OK we lost 8 – 4 but we did have a good time and raised more than £600 for the Fred Keenor statue appeal. Let’s see if we can top that this time. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday 11 November at Maritime Park, Pontypridd. There will be a buffet and a band later at the Rose and Crown, Graig, Pontypridd. £5 per player. If you are interested in being part of the Trust team then email community@ccfctrust.org


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