CCSC has been serving supporters of Cardiff City for many years. As well as organising transport to every first team away fixture, we also arrange several events each season, such as the Children’s Christmas Party and the Annual Player of the Year Presentation Evening. Additionally, we donate money to the football club each year in the form of kit sponsorship and purchase of equipment.
Supporters returning to the stadium
Notes from first meeting to discuss how supporters can return to watch games
The supporters club football liaison Officer Vince Alm was invited to a meeting 28-07-20 at Cardiff City stadium to discuss the return of supporters back into the stadium for the coming season. The meeting was attended by officials of Cardiff City Football club, the local authority, and Cardiff City Supporters club.
The main point of the meeting was to discuss the return of fans to the stadium and to develop a safe strategy that will follow government guidance regarding social distancing. The safety of supporters, club staff, players and the support team will take precedence during the decision-making process.
All EFL and Premier league clubs have received a draft copy of planning for social distancing at sports ground which has been published this month. The very detailed and informative document has been written by the Sports Ground Safety Authority to assist clubs to get ready for the UK government Stage Five Return to competition safe return of Spectators. I have to note that this guidance currently only has legal status in England and has been written in conjunction with the UK government and Public Health England who current guidance is a bit more relaxed than Wales. The supplementary document guidance is therefor based on a social distance requirement of 1m provided necessary mitigation measures are in place. In Wales, the law is still 2m so currently we could not implement this guidance at the stadium, but we are hoping for more relaxation in social distancing in Line with England during the coming weeks, although Public Health Wales may provide different guidance to this draft. However the detailed document is a good starting point to start discussion and carry out surveys of the stadium.
There are 10 core areas to the document
Social distance and COVID 19 protection – basic principles
Assessing the safe capacity of sports grounds
Management responsibilities for social distance and COVID-19 protection
Management-Facilities, supplies, and installations
Circulation-overview of design and management issues for social distancing
Circulation-Ingress and social distancing
Circulation- vertical and social distancing
Circulation-concourse, vomitories, and social distancing
Circulation-Egress and social distancing
The document has several examples of social distancing seating layouts which have varying reduced capacity percentages depending on which method we can apply following the guidance. The capacity calculations will also have to take into consideration concourse areas, entering and leaving the stadium and queuing.
The guidance outlines that fan engagement is essential to ensure that the guidance is followed, supporters are aware of the restrictions and stick to them to slow the spread. When we are allowed back in it will be very different experience to what we are used to, but the restrictions will be there to protect you, your family, your friends, and your fellow supporters. Everyone who enters the stadium will have to give contact details for the track and trace which is why digital passes will help. The guide has a sample code of conduct for spectators which has plenty of advice on there along with important information. Hygiene, arrive in good time t the ground, stay in your social bubble, avoid close contact with people, cover your mouth if you cough, sneeze etc. a lot of this we already know about but it is a reminder to protect you everyone around you.
There will be further meetings to come up with a safe social distancing strategy for the Cardiff City Stadium and the club want fan representation at these meetings. There will be extended invites to other fan groups like the Disabled supporters and travel group for their valued input, and also to help get the message out to the wider audience to help implement the social distance plan when agreed.
The club has already started dialogue with the welsh assembly and have requested a test event for September which is a recommendation in the guidance. A portion of the ground will be opened to trial the social distancing measures which will be assessed and used as a lesson learnt.
The responsibility and the measures the club have to put in place will be immense and costly but they are prepared to do it because they recognise they need fans in the stadium, and they know fans want to come and support the team. This will be different for us all and it may not appeal to everyone which I fully understand but please be patient the club’s hands are tied they have to follow guidance and put safety measures in place for us to be in there.
This is a serious disease that has already killed 100,000s of people around the world, and it will be a different norm for some time to come.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on sport and bringing fans back into the stadium will bring major challenges to overcome while maintaining social distance. The social distance plan is the first of many challenges that we have to overcome on the road to normality, we can only achieve this if we work together as one.
CCSC Coronavirus update
Shop Closed until further notice
In line with the Cardiff City ticket office and club shop, the Supporters Club shop will be closed until further notice. We will update this website with further information as soon as it is available. If you have any queries or require any further information, please email the Supporters Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07814 779441.
Looking for Volunteers
Leeds game, 15th March – postponed
We are looking for Volunteers for Sunday’s home game against Leeds to help raise money via a bucket collection for our Charity, the Cardiff City Foundation. Members of the supporters club committee will be joining in and would appreciate it if you could spare some time to gives us a hand. You can contact Vince through the usual number 07814 779441 or inbox Vince Alm on messenger, whats app. They carry out some great charity work in our communities reaching out to children who are under privileged communities, have disabilities etc”.
Thank you for your help.
Bluebirds Charity & Supporters Club Expand Partnership
Our partnership with Cardiff City FC Foundation is growing all the time.
We are pleased to announce a continued partnership with Cardiff City FC Community Foundation which will see us increase our support for the Premier League Kicks project.
Cardiff City Supporters’ Club Chair, Clive Francis said: “We have seen at first hand the positive impact that the work of the Foundation has on people in our local communities.
“We are delighted to be able to increase our support and are proud to be in partnership with an organisation that changes lives and brings such positive benefits to both individuals and the wider community”.
2019/20 CCSC Membership Form
The new season is nearly upon us and it’s time to renew your membership. Please download the form and complete all details. Return completed forms with correct remittance at the AGM, by post or in person when the Supporters Club Shop is open prior to the start of the season. Opening times on non-match days will be posted on this website.
Please note for those who have not been on our coaches or not regular travellers with us you are welcome but you must abide by our code of conduct:
The Supporters Club run a strict no Alcohol policy, both consumption and carrying on our coaches. It is against the law to do so and the coach could be prevented from going to the game and the driver lose his licence if the police wanted to enforce it. Also, we carry a lot more families, women, pensioners and teenagers compared to other coaches you may have travelled on, so please respect your fellow supporters and our coaches if you do travel.
Contrary to what you may think, we do have fun and a laugh on the coaches, and they are full of good loyal PASSIONATE Cardiff supporters, many of whom have followed the club since the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s etc, week in, week out.
More details can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages also.
“My Story” – Eddie May
In April 2012 Eddie May suddenly, but peacefully passed away. Eddie May’s ‘My Story’ is a comprehensive collection of his memories of the game he loved.
132 page paperback. Books retail at £8.99 but available from the Supporters Club shop at the bargain price of £5.00. Limited number available.
‘Bluebirds Reunited’ by Aled Blake.
Bluebirds Reunited is the incredible story of the renaissance of Cardiff City: how a club in turmoil transformed its fortunes to win the unlikeliest of promotions, and how its loyal fans fell back in love with their beloved Bluebirds.
The book charts the Bluebirds’ roller coaster ride from the humiliating Premier League relegation in 2014 and the fierce protests from disillusioned supporters against the club’s controversial rebranding, through a series of dismal seasons as the team struggled in the Championship, to the return to blue and the appointment of Neil Warnock.
Available from the Supporters Club shop priced at £9.99.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR UNDER 18s TRAVELLING ON SUPPORTERS COACHES
You may be aware that we insist on under 16s having a consent form by their parents to allow them permission to travel to away games with us. We have an age limit of 14 for a child to travel unaccompanied.
However, the police have informed us of the Young Persons Act and the legal responsibilities that we have in relation to this act. Please see below from South Wales Police
• If you have under 18’s on your coaches, who are not accompanied by a responsible adult, you have the same responsibility to them as a teacher leading a school trip.
• If harm comes to them whilst on your trip, you could be held criminally responsible at court at a later date.
• You have a legal duty to supervise them, and they definitely cannot drink alcohol.
• If you can’t properly supervise them, they shouldn’t travel.
All under 18s from immediate affect will need to get a consent form signed from their Parents or Guardian for you to travel with us! We have a form on the website for you to download (click here) or you can call in the supporters office and pick one up.
The Cardiff City Supporters Club
Children’s Christmas party
The Cardiff City Supporters Club Children Christmas was held on Sunday 2nd December and over 100 children had the opportunity to meet Santa and receive an early Christmas present, together with party games, food and an opportunity to meet the players for autographs and pics.
Many thanks to all the players that turned up to this year’s event to help make it a success and for participating in the various party games.
A special thanks to Cheryl and Jeff for organising the presents with Santa.
Also, the committee would like to thank Ken Choo and the Club for their donation towards this year’s Party, supporting the work of the Supporters Club volunteers in delivering yet another fantastic party.
CCSC Membership – Monthly Draw
As a benefit to all our members, we have started a monthly draw for all members and the winner’s names and prizes will be posted here. Our most recent winners are:
Good luck to all – you never know, it may be you next!
Recent CCSC Donations
CCSC has recently donated £4000 to the Foundation and £500 towards the Poppy Appeal.
2018/19 membership form
This season’s membership form is available as a download.DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP FORM
We currently have a stock of the recent Wales home programmes from the World Cup campaign.
The shop also holds a stock of older Wales, Cardiff City programmes and other clubs.
THIS MONTH’S TOP SELLERS
CARDIFF CITY SCARVES AND WOOLLY HATS, WALES SCARVES PLUS A WIDE RANGE OF BADGES.