New Everton fan forum members heralded as ‘exciting’ moment for group revealed
Three new members of the Everton Fans Forum have been announced following a public vote.
On Monday afternoon, it was confirmed that Laura Burgess, Rob Fisher and Jeff Wallner would join the panel – following votes from Blues around the world. They will start this week by joining the other members at a monthly meeting with the club.
The trio will also have the chance to join the stadium project group who will continue the dialogue with the club in terms of price, seat allocation, facilities and a whole range of other aspects concerning a new state-of-the-art ground at Bramley – Quai Moore. Feedback on the matchday offer at Goodison Park, catering, retail, international fan networks, fan communication and much more are also regularly on the agenda for members.
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The Fans Forum has been part of the Everton Stakeholder Steering Group (ESSG) which has led to a new Fans Advisory Council, which will be consulted on club strategic matters going forward. The members were also tasked with submitting written and oral evidence to MP Tracey Crouch, as part of the government’s fan-led review of football governance.
Tony Sampson, newly elected Forum Chair, said: “We saw a huge number of quality applicants from around the world, which highlights the number of Blues who wanted to get involved. I would like to welcome Laura, Rob and Jeff to the Forum and look forward to their contributions in the years to come.
“It is an exciting time to join the forum with our established project groups and the launch of the Supporters Advisory Council highlighting the need to ensure the voice of supporters is heard. We aim to leverage the role that the forum has played in this area by strengthening and expanding the networks of supporters we engage with and keeping them informed of progress.”
“We will continue our honest, transparent and independent discussions with the club and represent the views not only of the Blues taking part in the game and fans around the world.”
Over the past year, the Forum has continued to play a leading role in representing the views of Evertonians, including bringing together and working with supporter groups to improve the atmosphere at Goodison Park on days matches and before away matches. This has included the first-team coach’s most recent welcomes and departures.
Furthermore, the forum has played a leading role in promoting inclusiveness in football, through the HERGAMETOO movement and has developed a network of supporter groups around the world.