Bradford Bulls supporters have their voice again, with the announcement that BISA, their Independent Supporters' Association, is back in business – and with an updated name and acting through an experienced and keen new committee.
Renamed the Bulls Independent Supporters' Association to reflect a focus on the concerns and ideas of Bulls supporters and the serious challenges facing the Club, BISA is expecting to attract new members keen to have their voices heard by the club and in the media and across the wider Rugby League community. Not just on current issues very much in the media spotlight, but also on major longer-term such as the stadium development and the move to issuing franchises to Clubs by 2009.
BISA spokesman Sam Grundy said: "In the past few months there has been a lot of upheaval at the club, which appears to have faced an unprecedented range of external and internal difficulties. Individual supporters very much want to both make sure the Club is aware of their concerns and worries and share with them their ideas and suggestions and sometimes even volunteer to help in some way. But how can your individual fan make his or her voice heard?"
"The hard core of BISA members have always believed that the way forward is improved communication between the Club and the supporters. We have already held meetings with senior Club personnel, and are to meet with the Chief Executive in the next few days. If the club are fully aware of the concerns of the supporters, they are in a position to do something about them. If the club are aware of ideas and suggestions from the supporters, they are in a position then to take advantage of the fans' collective input. And by speaking with a united voice, the supporters are more likely to be heard. We all realise the Club faces a lot of challenges and the supporters have a big part to play."
He went on: "I would encourage anyone to make positive suggestions to the Club through BISA. To Bulls supporters everywhere I am saying we, acting together through a dedicated and responsible Association, can help to make you and your family's individual voices heard – no matter what the issue – at Bulls management level through a dedicated and respected organisation."
BISA Members will receive a quarterly magazine and will be able to attend meetings that will give them access to the most up to date information on issues affecting the Bulls. BISA will shortly be conducting a survey to find out what Bulls fans most want from a supporters' association and from the Club. Most importantly, they will be contributing to the Supporters input into achieving theirs and the Club's common aim – to be the best in Super League.
All those interested in further information or in joining BISA please visit the BISA website www.bisa.co.uk or write to BISA at PO Box 1110, Bradford, BD12 9WZ.