As a former BISSA committee member, and someone who has regular contact with BISSA, members of the supporters club committee, the independant travel club and people in the marketing team, I cant help but wonder why, under one umbrella, the four groups cannot come together and form on big committee to raise funds, arrange travel and market the club.
I am forever hearing how the supporters club cannot fill a bus, how the independant travel have taken people away from it, how if we had more bissa members, how the advertising of the club could be better etc etc etc -yet all these factors and marketing of the club to me go hand in hand.
Surely in marketing the club, away travel could be promoted, and packages put together to include match tickets and travel costs, and tgrips arranged to suit a family friendly bus and those who like a good day out drinking?
Surely one big fundraising committee could be organised that covers all bases, and provides funds to help purchase players, run away travel and market the club?
Seems to me the club have the right idea in terms of the direction the club is headed, but then we have all the other factions that support the club pulling in opposite directions.
Is it so difficult to get the 4 groups together (5 if you include the club as well), form a committee and run all 5 entities under one banner? Surely run as a membership scheme with monthly subscriptions as BISSA presently do, the funds can be divided up to cover travel costs, a pot for player recruitment / donating to the club and a pot for marketing?
Seems to me a logical step in the evolution of the club, and IMO this would certainly get fans talking and create a buzz amongst them if done correctly.
I have no doubt streamlining the whole support structure would benefit the club and make more money for the club and help run all the little extras far more efficinetly.
Thoughts? Would this be something the club could look into organising? What are the pros and cons from BISSA / Supporters Club / Travel Club / Marketing point of view?