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We need help

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

bluestrustlordkBlues Trust needs a secretary and more board members.

We don’t have a secretary at present since our last one resigned due to time pressures.  So we are looking for someone who has time to do the work.  The ideal person would be someone with experience of acting as secretary for some organisation such as a school board of governors.  Supporters Direct provides training for supporters’ trust secretaries so experience is not essential but the person appointed must be willing to take responsibility. An efficient secretary makes a huge contribution to the smooth running of the trust but mistakes can have serious consequences.  If you know your Birmingham City history, you may remember that it was a mistake made by the club secretary that kept Birmingham City out of the F A Cup in 1920-21; he forgot to send in the application form.

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Supporter’s Summit 2014 – Reports

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

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The annual 2014 Supporter’s Summit at Wembley, jointly organised by the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct, was attended over the weekend of 25th and 26th July by several Blues Trust Board Members and also one of its ordinary members.

The weekends events were split up into different workshops and groups, and you can read summaries and reports of the various sessions in the links below.

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Greg Dyke’s video address to the 2014 Supporter’s Summit

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Greg Dyke’s video address to the 2014 Supporter’s Summit

Greg Dyke has addressed members of the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct via a video message at their annual FA-funded 2014 Supporter’s Summit at Wembley. Blues Trust was represented by several of its Board Members.  The Chairman tackled a number of issues raised by the organisations.

Also included was an update on his England Commission, which is continuing to address ways in which the game can improve the prospects for players to realise their full potential, coaching and facilities.

You can view the full video at the following youtube link here

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Tribe Hive – BCFC App Development

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Tribe Hive – BCFC App Development

Representatives from Birmingham City recently attended a meeting at Football League Headquarters with Tribe Hive, a new and exciting software company, to discuss the possibility of an interactive and reliable Birmingham City Smartphone App.

The team at Tribe Hive have worked on the Digitalstadium project, and their aims and objectives are to bring connectivity to large crowds of people. Using the technology that was developed under this project, they are now aiming to tailor their skills and expertise in a commercial forum.

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Assessing a Club’s Financial Health

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

Assessing a Club’s Financial Health

Steve McCarthy (Blues Trust Chairman) and I recently attended a training session on assessing the financial health of a football club.  It was led by Dr John Beech, Honorary Research  Fellow Coventry University, with Kevin Rye, of Supporters Direct.

John Beech’s research interests include insolvency and indebtedness of football clubs, commercialisation of sports and corruption in professional football. He discussed several key concepts, such as the three overlapping versions of what people mean when they talk about ‘the club’.  It can mean the pride, identity and history that its supporters uphold. It can also mean the company/owners that run the club.  And thirdly it can mean the playing staff.

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The bidding process?

Posted on May 26, 2014

The bidding process?

Recent comments in the press about the bidding process, and other rumours, indicate that there are several bidders in the process of wanting to buy our Football Club. We understand that the parent company BIHL has sifted through the various applications from bidders and an announcement of a preferred bidder seems imminent, although the constant delays and lack of information are extremely frustrating. We urge the board of BIHL to update everyone associated with the club as to what the current position is and the potential time-line of the process; this will help alleviate the concerns of many supporters.

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