The Forum recently set up a fundraising page ahead of the FA Cup fixture against Carlisle United to raise funds for the Carlisle Community Trust to support those who have been affected recent floods.
RE confirmed the group are currently £1,000 off reaching the £7,500 target. MM confirmed NM has also carried out interviews with CityTalk, Talk Sport, BBC Cumbria and Radio Merseyside to promote the fundraising and will also be interviewed by BBC Radio Five Live on the day of the game.
RE informed the group that she has been contacted by Carlisle Supporters’ Club who would like to meet the Forum members on the day of the fixture.
GE asked about Season Ticket prices for 2016/17. GE also queried if the Club will be making any changes to the concession categories that affect Junior supporters.
RK informed the group that a wide-scale survey has been carried out through a third party, engaging with 6,000 supporters across various stands. The Club is finalising prices and categories and will share the details with supporters shortly.
The group discussed rewarding loyal Season Ticket holders and incentivising new Season Ticket sales. The group felt incentivising new Season Ticket holders makes commercial sense, but this would need to be balanced with rewarding loyal Season Ticket holders.
SJ asked for an update on the Club’s conversations with the Everton Collection. RK confirmed conversations are ongoing.
Manchester City refunds
MR thanked the Club for the match ticket refunds for the Capital One Cup semi-final fixture against Manchester City. MR stated this was appreciated by travelling supporters who experienced difficulties travelling to the league fixture due to traffic congestion.
The group raised the poor matchday experience at the fixture, especially those supporters with accessibility issues. MR stated he has received numerous complaints from disabled supporters who were involved in incidents at the Etihad. Forum members who attended the Cup tie also stated they were concerned about the safety of Evertonians leaving the stadium.
ACTION: MR to liaise directly with GD to resolve issues that were raised at the fixture.
Junior School Supporters’ Clubs
LV thanked the Club for tickets for the Swansea fixture for the Junior School Supporters’ Clubs. LV stated the feedback from the children was great and children in the school who have never been interested in football or supported other teams are now talking about Everton. LV believes the initiative is beginning to encourage children to become Evertonians.