With the recent public consultation and submission of the planning application, it’s been an exciting time for Forest fans. As a Supporters’ Trust, we are delighted to see this commitment to our club, our city and our community.
In our members’ survey last year, our members told us that stadium redevelopment, along with our commitments to dialogue with the club and inclusion, were their top priorities. With this in mind, we have carefully considered how best to support and feed into these exciting plans.
We have been delighted to see thousands of fans sharing their views on the plans directly with the club. As a Trust, we have recognised the fact that some requirements need more careful analysis and consideration and have put together a plan to undertake a major, independently run research project which will give a voice to all supporters – especially those who need extra support to enjoy match days at the City Ground. Our plan is outlined below.
Nottingham Forest Plus
Nottingham Forest Plus will gather together supporters with disabilities (seen and unseen), companions and carers to ensure they have an input into this amazing project. If football is to belong to everyone, then we need to make sure that the City Ground itself is accessible and welcoming to those with additional requirements. We also need to consider those bringing children and elderly supporters with similar addiitonal needs, as similar approaches and facilities may help across these groups.
In a special focus group session, supporters with these requirements will be invited to discuss a range of topics relevant to the new City Ground, including accessibility, ticketing, matchday experience, catering, facilities and communications. We hope this group will provide a foundation to expand constructive dialogue with these groups and help the club to widen the fanbase for the present and the future.
This group will be open to members with additional needs in attending games – whether this be due to a disability, being a carer or companion, or taking children or elderly supporters. In addition, the club will contact a number of other supporters who they feel may benefit from taking part.
In our discussions with Nottingham Forest, we have found the club to be hugely supportive of this initiative, feeding in ideas and suggestions. All findings from the group will be shared with senior officials and it will be independently facilitated by Nottingham-based research specialists, Bright Sparks Research.
If you would like to take part in the focus group, you can apply via the link below:
Of course, it’s vital that all supporters have a say. Next year, we’ll be running our annual members’ survey – analysing the current issues and views around the football club and its performance across a number of fronts. The survey will offer the opportunity for all members to comment on many aspects of the club – whether or not they attend matches.
Again, all feedback will be shared with the club directly and the survey will be run by Bright Sparks. We are also working with the club in exploring opportunities to gauge opinion outside the Trust member base, to ensure that the widest possible range of views can be collated and presented in a professional format.
Thank you for your continued support of the Trust and we look forward to hearing your views as we enter this exciting new era!