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PostSubject: Increasing our home crowds   Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:27 pm

It doesn't take a genius to work out that if our home crowds don't increase we won't be able to compete on a consistent basis with the other big clubs as we can't rely on Ken Davy to bank roll us. So what is the answer? Some say we aren't a RL town but does it have to be? I introduced 2 people on Saturday who now live in Heckmondwike but used to live in Plymouth. After the first half I though maybe this was a bad idea to invite them to this game as it wasn't a great spectacle for introducing new fans with not much knowledge of the game. There weren't many tries for them to witness although I enjoyed the tough contest. After the game they said they'd definitely be coming back to support the Giants and enquired about season tickets. For me RL beats football hands down in terms of entertainment so why are our crowds so low? Is it the cost due to the financial climate? Is our club doing all they can in and around Kirklees/Calderdale to promote the club? Or something else? Any suggestions can be passed on to the club through my contacts if it appears we're missing something or not doing something we should/could. As Thewlis said at the fans forum the other week, it's more likely we'll be selling our stars than bringing any in if our crowds don't see a significant increase very soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Increasing our home crowds   Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:19 pm

The increases in prices at a time when people are struggling was always going to hit attendances, so the lower crowds are no surprise at all. However the club have the chance to market a team who are top of the league. Yet we hear barely a whisper about it, we should try every gimmick possible at this moment in time, get them in when we are winning and a success. Hand out free tickets to every school in Kirklees with half price for the accompanying adult. None of this go to the ticket office rubbish, just simply pay on the gate with the ticket that comes from school, lets pack out the Easter Monday game. Have people going along to local businesses, clubs, supermarkets etc... handing out flyers again with half price entrance AT THE TURN STYLE. I am sure there are loads more, but NOW is the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Increasing our home crowds   Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:13 pm

matt01 wrote:
The increases in prices at a time when people are struggling was always going to hit attendances, so the lower crowds are no surprise at all. However the club have the chance to market a team who are top of the league. Yet we hear barely a whisper about it, we should try every gimmick possible at this moment in time, get them in when we are winning and a success. Hand out free tickets to every school in Kirklees with half price for the accompanying adult. None of this go to the ticket office rubbish, just simply pay on the gate with the ticket that comes from school, lets pack out the Easter Monday game. Have people going along to local businesses, clubs, supermarkets etc... handing out flyers again with half price entrance AT THE TURN STYLE. I am sure there are loads more, but NOW is the time.

Agree with all that, and a special turnstile for the special offers instead of going to the ticket office with the queues a mile long.
Also our Merchandisers / Canvassers whatever name they go under who go out and canvass support :- that is at schools / factories / works / town centres / shopping malls. They are obviously not doing their job, so it is time for a clear out and get some in that will do a job.
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PostSubject: Re: Increasing our home crowds   Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:58 pm

They do a scheme for paying over a few months- but it's not enough. They should open it up NOW for people to start saving up for NEXT YEARS ticket. 200 over 4 months is still 50 a month, 200 over 10 months is 20 a month and a lot more affordable!
I agree about the turnstile thing.
Do a catalan type thing. Arrange to pick up coach loads of kids from particular schools- provide CRB checked "minders" to sit with them and watch them- that way oarents dont have to come NOT really little ones I'd say year 7s - 11 yr olds. When the kids get home and say what a great time they had they might persuade their parents to bring them back.
SHOW people what rugby is! Get the lads on that bit of grass on the piazza for a bit of a showcase for people who may never have seen the game- hand out tickets at the event-kids free adults not free but one free with each full price ticket bought or something similar- give similar tickets to anyone who wants one at the final few footy games of the season- those that usually watch football might come to a few games in the summer!
Stop preaching to the converted!
Erect a screen in the kings gate showing some highlights -get eorl (recognisable) to hand out buy one get one free tickets.
Get some students out in hudds with a questionnaire/survey about what would make them attend taking names addresses and contact details of potential NEW supporters. Send them the bumf we get- offer those NEW supporters deals not available to anyone else to prevent those that were going to come anyway from just paying less to get in.

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PostSubject: Re: Increasing our home crowds   Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:27 pm

Saturday's crowd was disappointing, but imo not really unexpected, there were a lot of factors that drove that crowd down:

1. Funny kick off time
2. Live on TV
3. Head to Head with England v Wales in the 6 nations for the Grand slam.
4. Town playing Leeds
5. Hull city playing at home on Saturday.

It was not just our section of the crowd that was disappointing, by a long way that was the worst Hull FC support I have seen at our place. The above factors probably knocked about 2,500 off the gate against 3.00 on Sunday.

That said we do need more through the gates and for all the offers the only real way to achieve that will be to win some silver. Look how Wire's crowds increased after beating us to win the 2009 Challenge Cup. Similar will happen for us.
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