Figures from across football and supporters from various fan groups came together earlier this week as the EFL hosted a live match experience fan forum, in association with the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA).
A range of guests discussed matters linked to matchgoing and heard from supporters about their own personal stories, while discussing how everyone can play a part in improving matchdays. The event was hosted by Sky Sports’ David Prutton.
EFL chief operating officer Nick Craig said: “We all want to create a vibrant matchday atmosphere, that’s that makes the game great. But let’s do it safely and respectfully. We have to protect the game that we all love and that means understanding that we all have a responsibility to behave in the right way.”
That event is now available to watch back in full:
Panel guests included:
Nick Craig (Chief operating officer, EFL)
Kevin Miles (Chief executive, FSA)
Bob Eastwood (Head of security and safety operations, EFL)
Lizzie Lewandowski (Football unit supervisor, West Midlands Police)
Mark Devlin (Chief executive, Leyton Orient)
Jack Lawton (Pompey in Community)
Paul Davis (Safety officer, Barnsley)
Kate Lewers (Women of Watford)
Pav Samra (Punjabi Rams)
Mark Bradley (The Fan Experience Company)
Anthony Emmerson (Head of supporter sxperience, Stoke City)
Michael Conroy (Sunderland Spirit of 37)
The EFL has invited all supporters to an upcoming Fans Forum which will look at the current match experience – the free event takes place on Tuesday 28th March (6.30pm-8pm) and will be hosted by Sky Sports’ David Prutton with a panel of supporters and football industry figures.
The All Party Parliamentary Groups for Football Supporters and Women’s Football recently met in a joint event to discuss the topic of fan activism in the women’s game – and that discussion is available to watch online now.