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29 November 2013

Fan consultation initiative reaches next stage

The first meeting of the ‘All Together Town Voices Panel’ took place at Canalside on Thursday evening. 

During September an ‘All Together Town’ supporters’ survey was made available to all fans (click HERE for its findings). At that stage supporters were asked if they would like to participate in the ‘Voices Panel’.

From the 96 supporters who put themselves forward for the panel, 25 were selected to represent the broad spectrum of Huddersfield Town’s fan base, reflecting different ages, locations and match day experiences. 

Of those selected, 18 attended the first ‘Voices Panel’ meeting on Thursday night along with Huddersfield Town Operations Director Ann Hough, Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens, Club Ambassador Andy Booth and Rachael Taylor from the Club’s Supporter Partnerships team. 

The group’s facilitator Mark Bradley of the Fan Experience Company was also at the meeting. 

After a brief introduction, several topics relating to the home match day experience were discussed, including:

- A dedicated ‘home end’ behind one of the goals at the John Smith’s Stadium
- Safe Standing
- Ideas to improve the atmosphere, spectacle and music on home match days
- Club songs
- Raising the profile of ‘Voices Panel’ members so that they can gather and receive feedback from fellow supporters

Planned discussions surrounding the appointment of a dedicated Supporter Liaison Officer at the Club were curtailed due to the meeting deciding to give more time to the ‘atmosphere’ issues. That will now be discussed at the next ‘Voices Panel’ meeting in four to six weeks’ time.

Detailed minutes of the first ‘Voices Panel’ meeting are now being collated and will be made available on next week. These will share the views and ideas from the panel and seek feedback from the wider online opinions group, which is made up of almost 400 supporters. 

Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens commented:

“This first meeting of the All Together Town ‘Voices Panel’ was an excellent, positive start on the Club’s commitment to further fan engagement.

“The Club has started the ‘All Together Town’ project because we want to make a difference and improve Huddersfield Town, starting with our home match days. It goes without saying that we want more supporters to come to our home games, but we also want to improve the match day experience for our existing supporters.

“I look forward to the notes being circulated to the wider email group so we can discuss the ideas in greater detail.”

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