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Open Meeting With Young Supporters At Whitby Town

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Published at 7:02am 30th September 2018.

There is an open meeting at Whitby Town Football Club later.

It will take place at 4pm in the Turnbull Ground clubhouse.

Paul Connolly, Media and Communications Manager at the club, said:

"We're looking to engage with supporters, talk to supporters over what have been misunderstandings over recent weeks.

Obviously the incident with the bus at Nantwich where three young supporters couldn't get on the bus.

So more than anything, we want to clear things up and give a sort of progress update on where the under 18s club is at, and how we want supporters to be involved in the club going forward."

The incident happened because no-one on the bus had a relevant CRB check.

Paul added:

"I think it was more the club was playing it safe.

Obviously we didn't' want to get ourselves into trouble if something happened to one of the young lads.

We had to keep the club protected as well and it was probably for their own safety more than anything.

At the end of the day, you don't want to be taking risks like that as a football club.

We've put in place a lot of structures where people will be CRB checked and everything like that so it's all coming into place."

The Blues says they are fully committed to getting people to watch their games.

To help encourage the youngsters of the area to support the club, they have rolled out new initiatives over the summer, including the introduction of free season tickets for every school child, and the introduction of an under-18s club to allow unaccompanied youngsters to attend games at the Turnbull Ground.

The formation of the under-18s club entailed a number of different processes which had to be adhered to, including forming rules that were ratified by the Police, allowing the club's security to scrutinise the applications and putting in place a way of creating and distributing membership cards.

These processes have now all been finalised, and the club is in a position to push on with distributing cards to applicants.

However, to do so, we need applicants to supply a passport-sized photo of themselves to go on the card.

These can be returned to James Wales at the Greedy Pig, or to Whitby Town Football Club, at the following address:

The Turnbull Ground, Upgang Lane, Whitby, YO21 3HZ.

The club would like to reiterate that it both appreciates and wants a vocal support behind Chris Hardy's team on a regular basis, home and away.


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