With the new term edging ever closer, preparations are in full swing at both Wast Hills Training Ground and St. Andrew’s. Men’s players have been back in the building for a few weeks now ahead of the Sky Bet Championship starting in August and Blues Women will return for pre-season next week with both new and familiar faces on board.
All of the Club’s teams will be sporting our new Nike home kit, a popular and in-demand design available to purchase from the Blues Store, both online and in person. Our away kit will be revealed before the month is out and serves as a nod to a modern classic from Blues’ history.
As we get ready to embark on the next chapter, many of you have already secured your seat for the home campaign in B9. Sales have roared beyond the 10,000 mark in recent weeks, but time still remains to secure your seat as we welcome Bluenoses home.
Before we move onto Club matters, we would like to offer our congratulations to Gareth Southgate and the England team for their achievements this summer. The manner in which both players and staff have conducted themselves has been exemplary and sets a benchmark for our national game.
This has been backed by positive encouragement and it is always a source of pride to see our own fans supporting the England team at Wembley with the same devotion we witness towards Blues home and away.
However, we were disgusted that some players were subjected to discriminatory abuse online in the aftermath of Sunday’s final.
As previously stated by the Club, regardless of who such abhorrent abuse on social media is directed towards, Blues do not believe this should determine who speaks out and take a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. We stand in solidarity with the players and communities affected by such offensive actions.
We invite fans to join us in welcoming Scott Booth to the Football Club. The highly prized Scotsman was revealed a fortnight ago as the man to lead our Women’s team and boasts a stellar coaching CV, leading Glasgow City to dominate the Women’s game north of the border.
This phenomenal track record and coaching prowess was identified in making him a perfect fit for the role, with his knowledge of the game’s elite level emanating from an impressive playing career at both top-tier clubs and for his country.
Fixtures for Booth’s first season in charge of will be released this on Friday 23 July, with a series of pre-season matches to prepare the team for the start of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in September set to be announced in due course.
Further news around the makeup of Booth’s squad - including new signings -will be confirmed here on BCFC.com, with the Club continuing to work tirelessly on player recruitment.
Meanwhile, Men’s season ticket holders are reminded that they can still benefit from a 50% discount on a Women’s season ticket for the upcoming BFAWSL campaign.
The stadium repairs remain on track and the Club are meeting with the Safety Advisory Group next week, who will be issuing the safety certificate for the upper sections of the Kop and Tilton ahead of opening St. Andrew’s to supporters.
A further update will be issued once this meeting has taken place week commencing 26 July.
The Club can announce that three Men’s pre-season friendly matches will be streamed by BluesTV. This means that supporters will be able to watch the meetings with Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town and West Bromwich Albion from the comfort of their own home.
Passes to watch these games are available to purchase now, costing £4.99 per fixture.
We are unable to offer this service to supporters free of charge due to the home clubs selling tickets for these games.
Please note: these matches will be included in the paid subscriptions for both BluesTV international subscribers and UK audio subscribers.
Following the news that the majority of legal restrictions regarding social contact will be lifted from July 19*, we can confirm that we will be able to operate St. Andrew’s at a maximum capacity of 21,000 (including 1,400 corporate seats).
When returning to the stadium, we would encourage fans to allow plenty of time for entry as external queuing systems and internal one-way systems will be in place. This is to ensure the safety of all spectators and that everyone attending matches is able to enjoy them in an inclusive environment. Further information on this, including supporter guides, will be available in due course.
We cannot wait to welcome you home. Be loud, be proud, be Blues!
Finally, following the expiration of the naming rights agreement with Trillion Trophy, both the stadium and training ground have reverted to their titles of St. Andrew’s and Wast Hills Training Ground.
*The admittance of supporters remains subject to Government (national and local) guidelines. Any changes will be communicated here on BCFC.com.