As part of the Trust’s post Annual General Meeting commitments, Blues Trust members were recently given the opportunity to air their views surrounding a number of club related issues as part of an official survey.
Designed to canvass members’ views ahead of the Club’s recent Supporters’ Group meeting, the survey – comprising of fifteen questions in total – gave members the chance to comment on various subjects ranging from Birmingham City’s match day ticket prices and non-season ticket holder benefits to their individual match day experience, ground facilities and the possible introduction of safe standing areas at St. Andrews. A copy of the survey’s findings was presented to Club officials on Tuesday 18th December.
Registering its rules with Supporters’ Direct in February 2012, Blues Trust was officially set up in the wake of concerns surrounding Birmingham City’s financial situation following the arrest of Carson Yeung on money laundering charges. Its principle aim; to establish a unified voice for Birmingham City fans, secure representation and influence within Birmingham City Football Club and to help safeguard its future.
Now with over 330 members already signed up and with the benefits of a Trust slowly being recognised; a non-profit organisation financially regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and most importantly run by the fans, for the fans.
Over 80 members filled in the Trust’s post-AGM survey over a two week period during early December. 95% of Trust members were satisfied with the way Blues Trust was being run; an encouraging figure nearly a year on from the Trust’s formation back in February 2012.
Of the 83 respondents, nearly half were non-season ticket holders, suggesting that significant progress needs to be made in order to entice the casual Birmingham City fan back to St. Andrews. With 82% of members supportive of non-season ticket holder benefits, this perhaps highlights a key area to address in the near future.
A full summary of the survey’s results can be found here. A further more in-depth survey is currently being planned for later this year.