Under represented Burnley fans are set to benefit from an improved matchday experience and better links to the club following the news that Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) and the Clarets Trust have been awarded a grant of £18,420 from the Premier League Fans Fund.
The grant will enable BFCitC and the Trust to have an improved presence in the Turf Moor Fanzone on matchdays which will provide information for new and existing fans, as well as providing a voice for fans through the Clarets Trust – a constituted, democratic and representative group of supporters and small shareholders.
To celebrate this grant, the Clarets Trust offered all of its members free access to the Burnley FC Women vs Liverpool Feds game on Sunday 27th January, promoting the work of the Trust to the supporters of the female game.
BFCitC and the Clarets Trust also teamed up with the official Disabled Supporters Association to host the Level Playing Field Weeks of Action at the last home fixture against Leicester City, providing a meeting point for supporters with disabilities looking to join the DSA as well as give away t-shirts, badges and scarves.
The Premier League Fans Fund is a commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
Ryan Bradley, Business Development Executive at BFCitC, said: “The Our Club, Our Community, Our Trust project brings together key organisations who are working towards improving the matchday experience and getting more fans involved with the club.
“By providing a one-stop information point in the Fanzone, supporters new and old will have a place to go to find out what is going on at the club and in the community.
“We will also be able to run specific marketing campaigns for under represented groups and provide a meet point on a matchday for those who need it. By upskilling and supporting the Clarets Trust, we will give them an ongoing support structure.”
Peter Pike, Chairman of the Clarets Trust, said: “Over the past few months, the Trust has strengthened its relationship with the club and BFCitC and is looking forward to a joint partnership – working to improve links between club and all supporters.”
For more information on the Premier League Fans Fund please visit: https://www.fsif.co.uk/funding/fans-fund-small-grants-scheme/.