The sixth annual Chelsea Supporters Trust survey is now available online.
In order for the Trust to operate on a mandate that is a true representation of Supporters’ views, we need to know how you feel about the core issues affecting the Club. By carrying out this survey every year, the Trust is able to track supporters’ concerns. Where appropriate, questions have been dropped and new ones included. In addition to regular topics, subjects this year include safe standing, VAR, and the proposed winter break.
Members have been emailed a link to the survey (please check junk mail folders if you have not received it). You can also access the survey on the following link:
As in previous years, the results will be presented to the Club. Your opinions really do make a difference! You can read about responses to previous surveys in the survey section of our website.
The Chelsea Supporters Trust ‘Virtual’ Special General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on-line via www.mixlr.com/chelsea-fancast on Thursday 22nd June
It gives members who have been unable to attend SGMs this season in person a chance to hear what the Trust has been engaged with on their behalf and to ask questions via email beforehand or on the chat page whilst listening in.
The meeting started with the ‘Chairman’s Report’ where updates were provided on the Trust’s recent activities on behalf of the members on supporters issues and the forthcoming AGM and Elections in August.
We are currently busy collating the answers to the Annual Survey and Ramzi Shammas was on hand to provide us with an update. The survey finishes on June 30th so if you have not completed it yet please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST-survey-2017
Richard Weekes talked about the Trust’s various activities to improve the Atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and Dan Silver reported back and answered questions about our links with and issues for overseas members.
If you would like to become a member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust then go to chelseasupporterstrust.com/join-us/ fill in the details and then scroll down to choose ‘Individual Voting Member’ on the subscribe button which will take you to Paypal.
Safe Standing Roadshow Report
Last Saturday 19th April, the Chelsea Supporters Trust, in conjunction with the cfcuk fanzine, hosted the Safe Standing Roadshow on Fulham Road before the Sunderland game. This roadshow was privately presented to the club a couple of months ago and we thought it important that the most important people at any club, the supporters, should have a similar chance to enhance their understanding of the Safe Standing initiative, especially given the current Safe Standing survey open to Chelsea supporters.
We are pleased to say that over a period of nearly five hours, hundreds of Chelsea supporters took the opportunity to see for themselves what ‘rail seating’ looks like, to test it out and to engage with Jon Darch of the Football Supporters’ Federation, who co-ordinates the roadshow and expends a huge amount of energy as an ambassador for Safe Standing. There were some excellent discussions and it is clear that many supporters now have a much clearer understanding of what Safe Standing is (and also what it is not, for example it is not a return to 70’s style terracing).
For those unable to attend the roadshow, there is more information on Safe Standing here.
|The roadshow in action on the day.
At some point in the future, it seems pretty likely that either Stamford Bridge will be redeveloped or (and the CST hopes this is not the case) Chelsea Football Club move to a new ground. In either case, we believe that the provision of rail seating in designated parts of the stadium would improve atmosphere. By having designated standing areas for domestic games (for Champions League matches the rail seating can quickly be turned into seats) it would also be easier for the club to prevent ‘persistent standing’ elsewhere in the ground.
It is a shame that the Fans Forum were not invited by the club to see the roadshow at one of their meetings, as Safe Standing would arguably seem to be of more strategic importance than purely housekeeping issues covered in the latest minutes such as smoking in the Shed End toilets or the availability of matchday food in the MHU.
The roadshow at Chelsea is part of a wider engagement process involving many clubs and their supporters, with a view to influencing them, and the Premier League, of the real benefits Safe Standing would bring. It is clear that some clubs, for example Aston Villa and Manchester United, have shown a real interest in installing Safe Standing in parts of their grounds. The Fans Forum minutes state that “the club doesn’t consider itself to be leading a campaign for this change” but that doesn’t mean they are overtly negative on the issue.
|Rail Seating as installed at Hannover 96’s HDI-Arena
It is to be fervently hoped that the Premier League discusses the issue at a forthcoming meeting and, as a result, give the green light for such facilities to be installed at grounds. It is a mistake to believe that legislation is needed before it can be used in football grounds – Jon Darch advises it is a only change in regulation that is actually required.
Many thanks to Jon for bringing the roadshow to Stamford Bridge and for his energy and enthusiasm in engaging with so many Chelsea supporters.
The Safe Standing survey for Chelsea supporters, endorsed by 20 supporters groups, websites, fanzines etc, is open until this Friday evening, 25th April. It takes five minutes to complete and you can do so at:
Please share the survey link with your Chelsea supporting friends and family.
We will keep our members informed of developments as the Safe Standing initiative gains momentum across English football.
‘Making Your Voice Heard’