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Preston North End commit to dialogue with fans

Preston North End are the latest EFL club to commit to ongoing dialogue with their supporters by signing up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The agreement between Preston North End and the Preston Supporters Collective (PSC) commits both parties to regular dialogue on substantial club matters.

Key commitments of the agreement include holding bi-monthly meetings between the club hierarchy and PSC. These will cover a range of club-related issues, which they say aims to create an effective and structured communication channel between the club and supporters.

As part of this commitment, the club will publish regular updates from the meetings on the club website to ensure that as wide a fan base as possible have access to the information.

Ben Astley from Preston Supporters Collective said: “We are absolutely delighted to sign this agreement with Preston North End and we thank the club for their willingness to engage with our Collective.

“It is a significant step forward and builds on the recent good progress between supporters and the club.

“We hope that supporters’ independent voices will be heard and respected in the future of our club.

“The Collective also wishes to place its thanks to the Football Supporters’ Association for their continued support and guidance in facilitating this agreement, in particular, Deborah Dilworth and Ashley Brown.”

Despite being a relatively new supporter group, PSC has been in regular dialogue with the club as part of efforts to improve supporter relations.

Preston North End club secretary and the club’s lead of fan engagement, Ben Rhodes, said: “The club is nothing without its supporters and by signing this Memorandum of Understanding we are committed to engaging with our fans regularly on the subjects that matter and we look forward to creating a healthy dialogue and continuing to grow the relationship we have begun to develop.”

Preston North End are the latest to create an MOU in the EFL following on from Bristol City, Swindon Town and Bolton Wanderers who have also made similar agreements with their fans in recent seasons.

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