Club Update: June 2022
Birmingham City is able to issue the following Club Update.
With the 2021/22 season concluding earlier this month, preparations are fully underway for the new campaign and it is only a matter of weeks until our Men’s First Team return to Wast Hills Training Ground to commence their pre-season schedule, which already includes the recently announced friendly fixture away to Burton Albion. Prior to this, George Hall (England Under-18s), Scott Hogan (Republic of Ireland) and Brandon Khela (England Under-17s) are all set for international action in June.
Blues Women, led by newly appointed Head Coach, Darren Carter, will return at a slightly later date due to their alternate schedule but will be inspired for the Club’s first campaign in the FA Women’s Championship by their final-day success in the Second City derby. Following this, the then Interim Women’s Head Coach, Carter, was presented with his Barclays FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Month trophy for April.
The aforementioned victory came just hours before Awards 22 where the best in class from across Birmingham City were recognised and adulated for their efforts across the last year, with the evening at the ICC seeing over £11,000 raised for University Hospitals Birmingham and the BCFC Community Trust.
Back at St. Andrew’s, pitch renovations have continued during the close season and those attending June’s Stadium Tours, which are still available to be booked here, will be able to witness such developments first-hand during their visit to B9.
Whilst industry delays continue to hold up the full results of the site investigation, the Club has received enough advanced positive information to allow us to instruct our architectural engineers to begin the design phase of the repair work.
The next stage is to lift the pre-cast concrete, which will allow the Club’s structural engineers to finalise the method for repairs, with the preferred design being the “ground bearing” option.
This process will see the current stands removed, fill being placed where required, and new terraces being cast in-situ. This is preferred to the other available option of strengthening and protecting the current steel rakers with a concrete encasement, as despite the timeframe for completion being marginally longer for the ground-bearing option, it will open up the possibility of more long-term benefits.
One of the long-term benefits would be the option of safe standing, which the Club is still exploring as a possibility. Currently, there are legalities that must be met with the SGSA, and considerations around lines of sight affecting the front rows of the upper tiers need to be taken into account, however, this remains a priority for the Club as the remedial work progresses.
The final results of the site investigation are due shortly, however, all the information required to start the work has been obtained. The Club will update supporters with imagery as the ground is broken, along with timeframes as dictated to us by our structural engineers. As soon as a confirmed timeline for the work is made available to us, we will communicate this to supporters accordingly.
Men’s Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season, with both renewals and new purchases experiencing the benefit of price reductions across St. Andrew’s as part of the Club’s continued approach to improving the matchday experience in B9.
This includes a continuation of digital Season Tickets and the opportunity to utilise V12’s finance options, splitting payments over a specified number of months, along with a number of benefits that include discounted ticket prices for home cup matches and new-and-improved ticketing packs.
As well as savings for adult tickets across the Stadium, free season tickets are available for Bluenoses in Arthur’s Area and are capped at £50 in all other stands along with the Club introducing a shift from Under-11s prices to Under-13s.
The window for renewals is open until 5pm on Saturday 2 July and the early bird pricing deadline is on Saturday 9 July at 5pm. Meanwhile, Bluenoses are reminded that due to the possibility of a high volume of calls and walks-up to the Ticket Office, supporters can save time by purchasing online during these periods.
Details and pricing for 2022/23 Women’s Season Tickets will be confirmed in due course here on BCFC.com.
We are looking forward to revealing our 2022/23 home kit to supporters on Wednesday 22 June. This will be launched across the Club’s official social channels and on BCFC.com.
Although we cannot reveal too many details of the contemporary design at this stage, it is confirmed that the base colour will be royal blue and the shirts will incorporate a stitched version of the iconic globe and ball crest.
The products will then be available to purchase in the Blues Store and online from Friday 24 June, allowing Bluenoses to secure the latest Nike home jersey in advance of the upcoming season.
Preceding this will be the release of Blues’ new training wear for the 2022/23 season. This high-performance apparel will be available to purchase on Monday 6 June.
Pre-Season Key Dates
Blues Men are scheduled to return on Monday 20 June for initial testing conducted by the Club’s medical department, with this date allowing for a six-week build-up period to the Championship season starting on the final weekend of July.
At present, a pre-season fixture away to Burton Albion has been confirmed for Saturday 16 July, kick-off 3pm, at the Pirelli Stadium. Further friendly matches will be confirmed here on BCFC.com in due course.
Blues Women’s players will return for routine testing on Monday 4 July at Wast Hills Training Ground, and it is intended that their pre-season game schedule will begin later that month. This will all be guided by Carter and newly appointed Assistant Head Coach, Jo Potter, who returns to the Club after spending more than ten years in royal blue as a player.
Following a competitive pitch process, the Club is proud to announce this year’s Principal Charity Partner will be Birmingham City FC Community Trust – the charitable arm of the Club that focuses on delivering education, sport, life skills and much more to some of the most deprived areas of the Second City.
During the pitch, Community Director Antony Isherwood highlighted that seven areas of the city are currently ranked in the top 1% nationwide for deprivation and poverty, with six of those seven districts being classed as Blues homelands. Fundraising that the Club will provide the Community Trust will focus on taking St. Andrew’s out to these areas and engaging adults and young people with sport.
Whilst the Club has always supported the Community Trust with funding, in naming the organisation as the Principal Charity Partner it can benefit from full funding and the marketing platform the Club provides. Supporters will be able to get involved with various fundraisers across the season, ranging from special evenings and events to endurance challenges and football matches.
The Club has supported University Hospitals Birmingham for two consecutive seasons during the pandemic and will continue to work with the NHS charity on projects for the foreseeable future.