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Feedback from the open meeting with the Club Board and Cards Trust

Ian Nicholson - 28th September 2016

Feedback from the open meeting with the Club Board and Cards Trust We want to thank everyone who attended and contributed at the meeting on 5th September. Many suggestions are still being processed but there are some quick responses that have been actioned. In addition we want to reiterate that both the Board and Trust welcome communication at any time - ideas will always be considered.


Making it easier for young people to attend games

The Eastleigh game (1st October) has been designated as a Junior Cards day with special activities, a half time penalty shoot out and a profiling of the Junior Cards. Every Junior Cards member receives 3 free match tickets as well as being eligible for many discounts, benefits and special events. Membership is £10 for the first family member and £5 for each subsequent child – so very good savings can be made.
(www.cardstrust.co.uk/junior-cards/)

In addition a further 3 games before Christmas will also be free for under 16’s. The first is Braintree on 25th October, which, although a Tuesday, is half term week and therefore a half term special. The North Ferriby televised game (5.30 kick off) will also be kids for free and 30,000 leaflets will be distributed locally to promote these 2 games. Finally the home game against Guiseley on December 17th will be a kids for free game and enable families to escape the Christmas rush for a few hours.

If you represent a school or youth/sports club and can help distribute flyers to them for these games please email elliot.machin@wokingfc.co.uk

Volunteers to distribute leaflets in the town centre are also required – please contact Elliot.


We remind fans of the existing offer which enables 16-18s in full time school education to continue to attend games at the junior rate (either through a season ticket or match by match). This has been highlighted on the club site. www.wokingfc.co.uk/club/tickets/

In addition the regular family season ticket always offers further savings for parents and children.

A systematic sports programme with local schools, sports clubs and other youth organizations is already extensive. For example the club (through Woking FC in the community) runs regular clubs and sports lessons in 9 local schools and 20 schools and football clubs have also been invited as designated guests to selected games during the season. Recently for example Worplesdon Rangers attended a game ‘en masse’ for free – the first proper game many of the boys had attended.

The Cards Trust have delivered hundreds of Junior Cards flyers to local schools.


Match day offers and other match day points raised

A half season ticket announcement is imminent and will give good savings.

Given the proximity to Remembrance Sunday, as well as kids for free at the North Ferriby game, there will be free admission for warrant card holders in the Forces. Other offers and attractions are still being considered for the game.

Points raised about the catering outlets have been mentioned to those concerned and are being actioned. The Moaners' Corner Café has opened from the beginning of September. We invite ongoing communication to the club Board (via Ian Nicholson) to maximize quality.

The club bar is open until 6pm after games; a post match happy hour will be trialled (start date to be communicated shortly) with offers on draught beers and draught soft drinks. Again we invite ongoing communication directly to the bar manager Debbie or the club Board via Ian.

The vast majority of bar income is from neutral events (weddings, parties, corporate days etc) and much needed; however appropriate ways of displaying club memorabilia in the bar and other parts of the club are in hand.

Currently Sky games are simply too expensive to be viable but BT games can be shown and all avenues are being pursued to have live football. In addition we are looking at options to stream the warm ups and pitch action into the bars, and showing previous Woking games etc.

In response to the questions about segregation and fan issues where games aren’t segregated every effort has been made to ensure that away fans are not dominating the KRE. This has been successful at the last 2 games. There will be better advance communication of which games will be segregated.

The Safety Officer welcomes questions and comments regarding segregation and stewarding and a designated Trust representative (name to be confirmed) will meet with him on behalf of fans to raise issues as required.


Fundraising, marketing and miscellaneous

Friday 30th September - Elvis Tribute Night at the club… £20 incl. dinner

Saturday 1st October - Boost the Budget bucket collection at the Eastleigh game

Friday 21st October - Rod Stewart Tribute night ...£20 incl. dinner

Wednesday 2nd November - Cards Trust AGM

Friday 18th November - An evening with Canners: The Paul Canoville story

Former Chelsea star’s remarkable life has been the subject of a Sky documentary and award winning autobiography and will be a fascinating and entertaining evening (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Canoville).

Friday 25th November - Cards Trust Quiz Night in the Cardinals' Bar


Many other things are still being considered – thank you for attending and contributing ideas, questions and suggestions.
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