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Bristol City fans launch crowdfund for youngsters priced out by club

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Bristol City supporters have set up a crowdfund to help young fans hardest hit by the club’s rise in season ticket prices.

Last month, Bristol City announced significant increases in its season ticket prices for the 2018-19 season – Robins fans in the Lansdown Central section of the ground who take their kids to the match are facing huge hikes in their annual pay out to the club.

The Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust (BCSC&T) called the prices hikes, ranging from 50% to 340% increases, “eye-watering” and urged the club to rethink its plans.

After lobbying the club on the issue some concessions for under-12s and under-19s were restored in the Lower Lansdown stand, albeit with a price increase of some 99%. 

Now the Trust has created a crowdfund to help those parents who take their children to the match make their payments – young fans the Trust says the club risks losing by doubling the cost of attending Ashton Gate.

“Sadly we don’t have the resources to help everyone,” the Trust said. “So we’re focusing on fans of the future – the kids that the club had done so well over recent years to attract.”

BCSC&T approached the club, requesting details of how many young supporters would be affected by the rises but Bristol Sport, the group owning the club, refused to assist.

The Trust said: “Despite being denied any guidance on numbers or any logistical assistance, we are pushing ahead, as we are keen that the 99% price rise doesn’t prevent any young fan from coming to The Gate.”

Called ‘Fans Funding Fans of the Future’ the crowdfund has been launched with an initial £2,500 from BSC&T funds and other supporters are being urged to contribute.

Thanks to Ben Sutherland for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
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