Welcome to the latest CST newsletter, updating you on a range of issues and events. Hopefully by the time of the final newsletter of the season in a few weeks time, we will be well on track for our second trophy of the season.
The latest Special General meeting was held on 21st February at the Finborough Arms. A full house ensured a lively discussion on a range of issues and the SGM Minutes 21 February 2015 can be downloaded here. The meeting was also recorded and the podcast can be downloaded here.
The guests at this meeting were two officers from the Football Intelligence Unit, who held a Q&A session with CST members. The notes of this Q&A session can be found here.
As stated at the last SGM, the final meeting this season is likely to be a Virtual General Meeting to be broadcast live to members, on a date to be confirmed in May. We will give more details as we have them. As always, the Annual General Meeting will be held on the first weekend of next season, and the date will be announced once the 2015/16 fixture list has been produced.
Premier League Demo
Last week saw the latest Premier League meeting, which was the focus of a Share TV Wealth demonstration organised by the Football Supporters Federation. The CST had a presence on the march, and we are grateful to CST member Debbie Coady for these photographs
We are still examining the detail of the Premier League announcement regarding increased funding for grassroots payments and other redistribution initiatives, which was made shortly after the Premier League meeting. Once we have burrowed beneath the headline figures and are clearer what the real implications are, we will put out statement to members.
PL Trusts Meeting
The CST were represented at a recent Premier League Trusts meeting. A range of issues were discussed, including the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Expert Working Group, the Ticket Price Campaign and other issues affecting Premier League supporters. We will give further feedback in due course, once meeting notes have been produced.
2015/16 Ticket Price Freeze
The CST board response to the club announcement of the 2015/16 ticket price freeze, and expansion of the young persons age range, can be found here.
This problem refuses to go away and was highlighted to the police at the SGM as an increasing problem. We are looking to work with QPR, who have a similar problem (as supporters will doubtless see at Loftus Road in a couple of weeks) and put pressure on Hammersmith and Fulham Council to take appropriate action. Look out for information in the next few weeksto find out how you can get involved.
A number of CST members fed back their experiences in Paris to the Club and these are being collated and forwarded on to UEFA.
The Board continues to have a dialogue with the appropriate Club executives on this and a range of other issues that matter to our members.
In the News
The outcome of the General Election can re-shape the domestic game: The Football Action Network’s manifesto for change
Premier League pledges £1bn redistribution as supporter campaigning starts to pay off
Danger of the Twitter Lynch Mob: Advice to Chelsea supporters following the Paris Metro incident by barrister, Alison Gurden
West Brom manager, Tony Pulis, wants Safe Standing in the Premier League
Chelsea Life President Lord Attenborough remembered
Club providing subsidised train and coach travel to Leicester away
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