Supporters’ Forum launched

A Supporters’ Forum for Chesterfield FC fans has been launched.

The forum’s mission is to provide a regular, honest and transparent dialogue between the club and its supporters regarding issues, with a particular focus on supporters’ matchday experience.

The forum seeks to ensure the club better understands the issues that most affect and concern Chesterfield supporters, with the forum’s aim being to capture comment and suggestion to existing or proposed club policies on behalf of the supporter base, and ensuring such comment is discussed with the board.

Club director Dr Stankard called together a group of supporters who have had three meetings to reach a position where the Supporters’ Forum is ready to launch. The first meeting, open to all supporters to attend, will be on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in the HUB at the Technique Stadium, starting at 7pm.

Subsequent meetings will be held at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month. Supporters will be able to attend in person, but the meetings will also be broadcast live online, enabling people unable to attend and participate in the meetings.

Ian Swift has been installed as the initial chair of the forum with Phil Tooley being vice-chair. Other members of the forum are supporters Marcia Bigg, Paul Goodwin, Tom Lloyd and Mark Barton plus Police liaison officer PC Adam Collins and Nathan Khan from the Community Trust, together with Chesterfield FC CEO John Croot, director Dr Paul Stankard and company secretary Pete Whiteley. There is a vacancy on the committee, details of which will be announced soon to encourage those interested. Committee members will need to seek re-election after a maximum period of three years.

Ian Swift said: “I know that this Supporters’ Forum will bring some great ides forward for discussion with the Chesterfield FC board and will help to deeper integrate fans into our wonderful football club.”

Paul Stankard added: “The setting up of this Supporters’ Forum will enable all Spireites fans to be able to forward and share their ideas and their concerns via a group of supporters who are all passionate about the club. Together, we will help to maximise the matchday experiences, both home and away, as well as being able to bring, directly to the board, our thoughts on how links between the club and its fans can be improved.”

Enquiries should be emailed to forum@chesterfield-fc.co.uk.