The Newcastle United chairman is set to launch new half-season tickets aimed at the children he knows have been priced out of the Premier League in the last few years.
Chris Mort – looking at getting more kids at Newcastle’s games
Hereâ€™s some of the good stuff that Chris Mort is doing behind the scenes at the club, and it just shows you how the new Chairman thinks. And it seems he â€˜s been talking to Bobby Robson about some things too, along the way.
Letâ€™s take a look at what Chris has in mind, it sounds good to us:
â€œAt the Liverpool game (on November 24), we had 52,000 â€“ a fabulous attendance, but less than five per cent were under the age of 16â€ â€œOriginally, I didnâ€™t think weâ€™d do half-season tickets,â€ â€œI just thought that if people want to come along for games in the second half of the season, they could apply for tickets and it would be quite good to mix up the fan base.â€
â€œBut now I think we will do half-season season tickets for a couple of blocks and sell them cheaply to kids â€“ maybe Â£50 for secondary school kids and Â£25 for junior school kids.â€
â€œWhat do we want the profile of the club to look like in 10 yearsâ€™ time? It would be good to get todayâ€™s kids coming to the ground and becoming Newcastle United supporters.â€ â€œHopefully, that might make a good Christmas present.â€
â€œSir Bobby Robson has been telling me how, as a boy of less than 10, heâ€™d come on the bus with his dad to games. And Iâ€™m thinking: â€˜There are some little Bobby Robsons out there today, but theyâ€™re not coming!â€™â€
â€œWeâ€™re also setting up a Newcastle United Foundation â€“ a registered charity that will be the focus of all the community and charitable work we do.â€ â€œAs part of that, we are going to start our own Football In The Community Scheme.â€
â€œThe Premier League and the Football League ended the old FITC scheme â€“ which, although it bore our name, was run more or less independently of us.â€ â€œThe new one will be more of a Newcastle United scheme.â€
We knew Newcastle United was looking at doing more charity work in the community, and this is good news about their own FITC scheme. It’s also great that Chris is looking to get more kids at Newcastle’s games. That’s the way to bring our new supporters into the club, and they’ll have happy memories of Newcastle – especially if we can win some games. 😀
But we really like what Chris is trying to do at Newcastle, and he seems to be moving fast on a number of fronts, now that he has settled into running the club on a day to day basis.