On Wednesday evening, the club hosted a Fans Forum during which questions and topics were presented to the manager and board members at the Horsfall Stadium.
As the evening got started, the panel welcomed a variety of questions with the first brought forward to the manager John Deacey.
The Avenue boss answered queries on particular injury concerns and admitted that the Vanarama Conference North division could be even more competitive with the introduction of newly-promoted teams and existing sides strengthening during pre-season.
Despite this, the Avenue manager thinks his side is strong, especially with the signings of Scott Kerr and Joe Colbeck, adding Football League experience. The Avenue have been particularly present in the transfer market and Deacey knows how important a strong squad is by admitting “you’ve got to work your budget around what you can afford and we’ve brought in some decent lads.”
Since beginning pre-season training, the Vanarama Conference North side have focussed on fitness as well as playing the way the manager likes, saying “we’ve got a bigger side this year and hopefully we can deal with any injuries this season.”
There was also the annual fans forum matter of the pitch. The board recognised the issue and understood that this is a topic that has been discussed. Despite acknowledging that work has been done, Deacey said “we’ve got to have the right facilities for the players that we attract to the club who love playing football.”
The panel was also asked about marketing schemes put in place to entice younger fans to the club. This was also something the manager had picked up on saying “we need to make a more concerned effort to get more youths into the club.” The board recognised the importance of promoting the club to the younger generation in the local area and reassured fans that the necessary steps were being taken to attract a new type of supporter for Bradford (Park Avenue).
The attention then shifted back onto the players and the manager’s aspirations for the upcoming season, “the lads have worked ever so hard this pre-season and are ready for Gloucester City on Saturday.”
After the manager left, the panel answered various questions before listening to the exciting announcement from Kevin Hainsworth. The Avenue director introduced Mark Brookes, one of the club’s new Commercial Managers and Kevin confirmed the club have linked up with Carlsberg. Also, the director admitted the club have been working hard to reach out to the wider Bradford community with marketing.
As the fans forum progressed, the panel listened and answered queries on the club’s name, profile, media coverage and the choice of kit for the 2014/15 season.
The evening drew to a close with plenty of opinions and questions raised, and the club would like to thank all those who attended the event.