Yesterday evening, Sgt Mike Wilkinson and PC Colin Barlow met with some Blues supporters to talk about the policing of Birmingham City games. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss arrangements for the game at Villa Park in February. Supporters who went to the game there last season agreed that the arrangements had worked well and similar arrangements are planned for this season.
During the discussion at Blues Trust AGM, I proposed that we should support a charity and that charity should be the Geoff Horsfield Foundation. This Foundation provides quality, safe and secure supported accommodation for vulnerable adults within the West Midlands Area. After reading about it, I felt that it was a good fit for Blues supporters. It supports people who’ve suffered misfortune; some cope by using drugs or alcohol, and, at times, behave badly – surely Blues fans can empathize with that!
Blues Trust aims to promote a good relationship between fans, club and community and we tend to concentrate on the relationship between fans and club. I think that’s because we’ve thought we don’t have the active membership or resources to do much for the community.
Annual General Meetings are not usually the most entertaining events so why does Blues Trust hold one? We hold one because we have to. We are set up as a community benefit organisation and are legally required to hold an annual meeting to report to our members and give them an opportunity to ask questions.
Over thirty different supporters’ groups are listed on BCFC.com. Why so many and what are they all for?
Most groups are based on location and it’s easy to understand the reason for these. The nearby groups can come to games together; those in far off countries can get together to talk about their club. But what’s the point of Blues Trust?
Blues Trust is an organisation for all fans who want to strengthen the influence of supporters in the running of the club.