By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 08:52PM

Dear Members,

It has been at least two weeks since the 'lock-down' to ensure that the spread of the Corona Virus/Covid 19 is limited and about 3 weeks since the postponement of the football season as a result of the seriousness of the epidemic, and, for sure, we are all missing our football.

The reason why you are getting this email is because we care about you, our members. We all make up a rich and diverse community from all economic and cultural backgrounds, but this virus knows no barriers so we can all be affected by it.

We know that there are all sorts of pressures on us, not least, job insecurities, yet at the same time there is a huge collective spirit of supporting one and other, and it is this message what this is all about, so we have put together a selection of news items re-enforcing a positive community spirit with some links that you might support or need. We hope you can appreciate the following article.

If there are some community activities in your area that you know about and / or that you are involved in, please let us know about them in the usual way, here, and we can share and promote them on social media.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

From all of us on the Bantams Supporters Trust Board

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 08:47PM

Joint Statement

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. The Government’s message is clear – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

We are all committed to getting back to playing the game we love – but only when it is safe to do so. Amid the current uncertainty, supporters will understandably have a number of questions relating to the season and the clubs they follow, and there are no quick answers to how and when we will return to what used to be our football normality.

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), Premier League, EFL and The FA want to reiterate that clubs and their supporters have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity. While there is no football, our sport can still play its part.

To continue reading the Joint Statement you can go to the FSA link here, or read it on the Premier League website here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 08:24PM

On the 26th of March the FA announced that leagues at steps three to six of non-league will bring their seasons to an immediate end and all results will be expunged.

The announcement affects just under 900 clubs, and means that there will be no promotion or relegation within those leagues, and that there will be no relegation from the National League North and South (Step 2) into the Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian Leagues.

The move also applies to non-elite women’s football, with leagues below the FA Women’s Championship (Step 2) finishing their seasons with immediate effect.

You can follow this article and read the FA statement here, or you can read the statement directly on the FA's website here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 08:16PM

In the face of pressures on local communities brought on by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with people unable to work or feed their families, and with vital community lifelines lost, football – both through its clubs and supporter groups – has stepped into the breach.

As people across the country face an uncertain time, the response from businesses and individuals across the UK has largely been heartwarming, and football as an industry is no different.

Fan groups

As ever, football fans are showing their best sides in times of crisis and proving the value of community within their fanbase. Quite apart from operating a number of the foodbanks to which clubs have donated, and answering the calls for volunteers mentioned below, fangroups are helping out where they can.

To find out about the community work fans groups have been doing please click here for further reading of this FSA article.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 04:49PM

Bantams Supporters Trust have certainly been doing our bit in terms of establishing our own link with the foodbanks in Bradford and we have been working closely with Bradford Central Foodbank, who like all other foodbanks are working very hard during this period with the help of volunteers and the help of the public be it through financial or food donations.

29% of children in Bradford live below the poverty line.

105 emergency 3 day parcels were given to families in one day (Friday 27th March) during the coronavirus. This will feed 220 people, provide 1980 meals and was worth £4000!

£15 is the cost of donating a 3 day food parcel for a single person.

If you want to make a financial donation please do this by going the link here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Apr 3 2020 04:34PM

With many young Bantams off school due to the 'lock-down', it will be a headache for families to find imaginative ways to keep children engaged during their days off school. With this in mind the FSA have come up with a number of educational resource sheets themed around around football and what it means to be a supporter.

Hopefully these will help offering another creative and learning activity to add to your schedule for your kids.

For further info and access to the educational resources that can be downloaded as colour or black & white PDF sheets please click on the FSA limk here.