As we head into the Festive Season - and a packed programme for the Mighty Whites - we wanted to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas while taking the chance to thank you for your support throughout the year. We'd also like to pause for a moment and take a look back at what we’ve been up at the Trust during 2023.
During what has been an eventful 12 months on the field, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, championing a number of initiatives.
We’ve continued to have a strong dialogue with the club, raising issues on behalf of supporters while also working on more murals, helping secure the future of Elland Road, aiding various charity projects and organising members' events.
Here’s just a sample of what we’ve been working on...
Safeguarding Elland Road Future
Our application to make Elland Road an Asset of Community Value - backed by the club - was formally approved and listed by Leeds City Council. The AoCV will help protect fans' interests in the long term and stop owners from using the ground as an “asset.” Elland Road cannot now be sold without community groups such as the Supporters’ Trust being informed and given a right to bid to purchase it.
Already this season, the Trust has set up Question and Answer evenings with new chairman, Paraag Marathe, and chief executive, Angus Kinnear. The meetings gave members chance to put their questions to the key decision-makers at Elland Road and to hear first-hand about plans for stadium expansion, player recruitment and lots more.
Adding to Mural Map
This season we unveiled more murals with the 14th celebrating Mr Leeds – Eddie Gray. The Leeds United-commissioned mural was unveiled by Eddie himself and, fittingly, sits just a stone’s throw from the ground he graced as a player for so many years. Next year we will look to extend the LUFC mural trail around the city and are constantly on the lookout for new sites.
Supporters' Advisory Board
The Leeds United Supporter’s Advisory Board has become a vital link between fans and the club. We play a full part in the regular meetings, helping to drive initiatives including stewarding and fan safety. We also hope to use the monthly meetings to discuss season ticket pricing for the 2024-25 season. Outside of the SAB, we also meet with members of the club heirachy on a regular basis to discuss matters affecting our fanbase.
Feeding the Foodbanks
The Leeds United Foodbank will once again be standing outside the Cheese Wedge ahead of Saturday's game with Ipswich, taking much-needed items ahead of the festive season. On behalf of our members, we made a significant donation to the Foodbank alongside our friends at LUSCOS - as we did via their raffle - in the run-up to Christmas which we hope will help those in need. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who collect at all the home games to support the many families in need across Leeds. You’re all heroes.
All that remains is for all at the Trust to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All we want for Christmas is a stocking-full of points right??
Marching On Together.
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust