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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Annual Supporters Summit 2014 at Wembley Stadium is a joint event by Supporters Direct (SD) and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) aimed at bringing supporters together to discuss the challenging issues facing the industry.Read More