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CTSA Away Travel Announcement

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:35 pm    Post subject: CTSA Away Travel Announcement Reply with quote

Further to many discussions over the last months, please find below the CTSA's Travel Statement:

CTSA Travel Announcement – December 2016.

Since its formation in 2011 the CTSA has always aimed to operate sustainably with financial responsibility. A significant portion of emotional and financial investment over the past few years has been focussed on the provision of travel to away fixtures and the CTSA has endeavoured to provide a travel option to all games where it has been financially viable.

Crawley Town have consistently punched above their weight with travelling support, with the league average being approximately 10% of the home gate. We have regularly eclipsed this average and continue to do so. Sadly, though with a fall in home gates, while the percentage has stayed largely the same, the true number has decreased.

It is an objective of the CTSA that we try to assist as many fans as possible to get to away games to support our team and it is for this reason that we have offered our own travel option. In the past 12 months though the numbers have diminished and we have found ourselves being unable to offer travel without losing money. This is clearly in conflict with the aims and objectives of the CTSA.

As most people are aware, GH Coaches also offer travel to away games and, on occasion, have suffered the same fate as the CTSA in being unable to fill a coach. It makes little sense that both organisations continue to face the same challenge whist clearly working together would alleviate some of the strain. With this in mind and following open and productive discussions between both parties and the Club itself, it has been agreed that from the 1st January 2017, GH Coaches will be the coach travel provider for the Club. The Leyton Orient trip, on Boxing Day, will be final coach trip organised by the CTSA.

This move will allow GH Coaches to have a better likelihood of filling coaches and ensuring that the away travel proposition remains financially viable, ensuring that travel is provided and fans can continue to travel and support their team. In addition, this move will enable the CTSA to focus more fully on our fundraising efforts, not only for charity but for the Club, too.

The CTSA will still offer a mini bus travel service, where viable, for members who would like to travel to future away games but the coach travel will be transferred to GH Coaches.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us previously and travelled on the CTSA coaches.

If members have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at chair@ctfcsa.co.uk.

CTSA Board – 22.12.16.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GH Away Travel

As per the CTSA Travel Statement release deciding to cease providing supporters coaches to future away matches; we had a meeting last week to confirm the changes in agreement with the football club. It was all amicable with no descending voices from any of the parties involved. We all agreed it was the best way forward to provide cost effective transport for supporters so as from 1st January 2017 we would provide this services for supporters.

By way of an introduction we will give you a bit of history about ourselves, many will already know us but some will not so we will just say that myself and Kevin and latterly Patrick have been organising supporters coaches for more years than we care to remember, we started as the old supporters club back in the 70’s but the formation of then Executive Travel Club started really after the FA Cup run cumulating in the 3rd Round Brighton & Hove Albion cup defeat. From the following season and to the time we entered the football league we ran coaches for supporters to every first team game apart from 3 games – two of these were midweek matches in the north and Southport on a Saturday when we only had 6 booked on and we decided reluctantly not to run it – overall not a bad record. We learned a great deal when organising the Old Trafford trip – when dealing with the Police, Highways Agency, the Motorway Services, Manchester United and with the help of Crawley Luxury Coaches in providing a trouble free journey up and back. We continued after we entered the football league as an independent travel provider for Crawley Supporters. It has generally been successful as we are still running a coaches or minibuses to matches – our formula of making it a day out rather than just about the football has worked and this will continue. We do have first aiders on the coach should there be a need.

GH Coaches will continue to take supporter’s coaches to away matches, we do not have a membership scheme and everyone who travels pay the same fare – we will generally give a reduction to under 16’s travelling with parents/a responsible adult. For some of the shorter trips we will take 15/16 year olds unaccompanied provided we have parent’s permission, they are drop off and picked up from the stadium unless otherwise agreed, however should we have any problems on the coach or the ground then this will be withdrawn. For the overnight trips we can’t take under 18’s without a responsible adult. We will also not tolerate rudeness towards other passengers on the coach.

Hopefully now with increased numbers, when required we will use minibuses where a coach is not viable due to costs or lack of numbers. For the longer trips i.e. Carlisle, Hartlepool and Morecambe and next up Blackpool this season, we do organise an overnight trip, staying on the Saturday evening – generally these are well supported and we do have a good time. We will look to see how in some cases we could do a there and back in the day trips.

We do not see us changing our travel arrangements that have been very successful over the years – we will continue to stop for a buffet lunch (which is included in the fares) and a drink at a pre-arranged pub stop for most matches, we sometime if making good time on the trip will have a comfort break after a couple of hours, enabling you to stretch your legs, especially the longer trips. At the pubs you don’t have to drink alcohol, as they do provide coffee, tea and soft drinks. Most of the pubs we stop at have got to know us over the years and we have a good relationship with them all – the quality of the food is exceptional and we have always been treated very well. On the way home from matches we do use the Motorway services as a comfort break, although we have toilet facilities on the coach.

We do have rules and regulations we have to abide by – no alcohol, no smoking and no drugs on the coach – drivers hours have to be accommodated so that they get their required rest breaks – our pub stops have to be at least 10 miles from the opponents ground unless agreed with the police. We also have a clean coach policy where the coach goes back to the yard in the same state of cleanliness as we get it – rubbish bags are provided on the coach to help this.

For the games within or just outside the M25 we will now provide a supporters coach where in the past we have travelled by train. Where we have demand for these matches we will endeavour to provide additional coaches or get a bigger capacity coach that wouldn’t necessarily have toilet facilities available. We operate on a first come basis, so once the coach is full we will then take names should anyone drop out, these will be then offered to supporters on the list.

Please visit out website for additional information about forth coming away matches - www.ghcoaches.co.uk - if you have any questions again contact us.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, in short, the coach provider for CTFC supporters goes back to the provider that did a faultless job throughout the back end of the 70's, the 80's and the 90's......and continued to do so up to the present day.

I travelled on many of Alains coaches throughout that earlier period, from a very young age, and I always felt that I was looked after.

Well done Alain, Pat and Kevin.Your service has stood the test of time.Infact from reading, your service has somewhat delivered more that it needed to at times.
Well done to you all, and I hope you look forward to a fully booked successful operation for many years to come.

As we were, as they say!!
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