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Dopo la lettera aperta con cui contestava l'incremento dei prezzi degli abbonamenti per la prossima stagione 2018/19(qui dettagli), che andavano a colpire in maniera decisa sopratutto i giovani della Lower Lansdown stand, e con aumenti minori ma significativi anche per pensionati e disabili, a cui ha fatto seguito una forte protesta che ha condotto ad una parziale retromarcia il board del Bristol City FC, il Bristol City Supporters Club and Trust lancia una campagna di crowdfunding a supporto dei giovani tifosi che nonostante la revisione hanno visto raddoppiare il costo da 50 sterline a 99.

Attraverso la raccolta “Fans Funding Fans of the Future” la rappresentativa organizzata dei tifosi del Bristol City FC punta a raccogliere fino a 2.500 sterline per poterne rimborsare 49 a tutti gli under 12 e under 19 che ne faranno richiesta all'associazione ditifosi. Il gruppo teme che aumenti così incisivi possano minare dalle fondamenta la partecipazione delle future generazioni di tifosi e chiama a raccolta la base per riparare al danno compiuto dalla società.
‘Fans Funding Fans of the Future’

On 28 February, Bristol City stunned fans with an out-of-the-blue announcement of some huge increases in season ticket prices. Hardest hit were our fans of the future. For kids in the Lower Lansdown there was no longer to be any concession prices. And buying the cheapest adult ticket instead represented an increase of over 500%. Parents faced an ultimatum: pay up or move out!
The disabled and pensioners were also hit with unexpected, eye-watering increases.

After the Supporters Club & Trust’s intervention, Under-12 and Under-19 price categories were restored in the Lower Lansdown, albeit with an increase of nearly 100%. Thanks to the SC&T and FAN, it was also subsequently agreed that the increase for disabled fans would be phased in across three years. For pensioners, however, there was no help. It was cough up, relocate or stop coming!
In light of all this, we at the SC&T announced that we would be setting up a fund to help fans hardest hit by the increases. Sadly we don’t have the resources to help everyone, so we said we would focus on fans of the future: the kids that the club had done so well over recent years to attract and that it was now at risk of losing through doubling the cost for their parents of bringing them to watch City with established groups of family and friends at Ashton Gate.

So, we said we would set up a “Fans Funding Fans of the Future” scheme and we’re pleased today to announce that this is now up and running.

We had hoped that Bristol Sport’s ticketing department might help us to administer this. Or even just provide us with details of the number of kids affected by the 99% increase, so that we could tailor our scheme accordingly. Unfortunately we were told that Bristol Sport “won’t be able to help facilitate this” and nor would they tell us how many kids were involved.

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 and remaining a part of the group of family and/or friends with whom they have sat to date.
Any adult finding it a real stretch to pay nearly double the previous rate for an under-twelve’s season ticket for 2018/19 in the Dolman or Lower Lansdown may now therefore apply to the SC&T for a gift of £49 to cover the increase.

The “Fans Funding Fans of the Future” scheme is launching with an initial pot of £2,500 from SC&T funds. Fellow fans wishing to help us with this scheme are invited to chip in here to help top this up. Any funds left over when the scheme closes will be put towards our second initiative for fans of the future, via which we aim to buy a group of season tickets and offer them on a match-by-match basis for birthday parties and other children’s outings.

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