Update from the November meeting of CUSG
The Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups met on 18 November 2015 for their second meeting.
Apologies were given from the A66 travel group who were attending the funeral of life-long Carlisle United supporter Les Robertson. Andy Hall and Nigel Dickinson represented Carlisle United.
The Sunset Suite and Sporting Inn drawings were shared. Phil King is project lead, no dates have been set for when this work will start. The Sunset Suite will be renamed – more details to follow.
There was a meeting last month at Brunton Park attended by CUSG reps and disabled supporter reps, to discuss the proposed improvements. Phil King is leading on this from the club and Carlisle Ambassadors are offering their time to do the short-term work.
• Disabled toilets have been painted so they meet standards
• Perspex covers for the existing East Stand facility to be provided
• Facilities for away fans
• Facilities for home fans in the Paddock area.
No.10 catering staff have begun bringing refreshments to supporters at half-time.
Stewards were now supervising disabled parking facilities to ensure sufficient space (6 feet) was left behind each parked car.
Audio commentary facilities for blind / partially sighted supporters will be funded by CUSG fundraising.
Discussions around what fundraising activities are most successful. The London Branch has had successfully produced merchandise available as fundraisers. Ideas will be collated and finalised at the next meeting.
Any Other Business
Carlisle United did not have a Remembrance Day service at a match this year because the dates of home games were outside of the official Remembrance period and so The Royal British Legion were not available to attend.
Concerns were raised about cars not being held back after the match at the Paddock ticket office/ club shop.
Away Travel representatives gave positive feedback about the welcome Carlisle United fans had received at Plymouth for the FA Cup match. There was a £5 entry to the supporters’ bar, which included a pie, pint and entertainment. Queried whether this could be possible at Brunton Park.
Claire will take a summary of this meeting to the 1921 operational board meetings. However it is vital all groups communicate with their members to encourage engagement in the activities of the group. Agreed that CUSG groups would release briefing to their members before it appears on the CUFC website.
An acknowledgement was made of the efforts of club staff this week to clear Brunton Park of flood waters following heavy weekend rain.
Next Meeting – 6 January 2015 at 6pm