Arsenal have outlined plans to enhance supporter engagement by launching an Arsenal Advisory Board (AAB) which is designed to offer punters a higher say in how the membership is run.
Made up of membership officers and elected representatives from numerous supporter teams (see extra beneath), it should meet twice a season to debate a spread of points together with the preservation of Arsenal’s tradition and traditions, the enlargement of the fanbase, the longer term course of the sport at house and overseas, group work, range and inclusion, the expansion of Arsenal Women and the event of income to maximise funding in gamers.
The AAB’s phrases of reference clarify that it exists, “to offer a discussion board for representatives from the Club’s supporters’ teams and fanbase to satisfy with senior representatives from the Club and talk about related points referring to the Club or soccer usually.”
The choice to discovered the AAB comes off the again of great protests towards the membership’s possession following their function within the shambolic European Super League undertaking.
Arsenal had been considered one of 12 golf equipment that signed as much as the proposal in April solely to renege on their dedication inside 72 hours when it turned obvious that there was no help for such a cack-handed reorganisation of the European sport.
Wary of the response, three of the six English golf equipment concerned have already hatched plans to attempt to quell supporter disquiet.
In May, Chelsea introduced that there will probably be a supporter presence on the Club’s board conferences. Sp*rs confirmed they might appoint a supporter to their board as a non-executive member and Liverpool, very like Arsenal, have launched a Supporters Board.
In a press release launched this night, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust described the AAB plan as “very underwhelming” explaining that they “fail to match even the proposal made by different Premier League golf equipment.”
Stan and Josh Kroenke stated: “We are 100 per cent dedicated to Arsenal for the long run and we would like our followers to really feel even nearer to the membership they love. The steps which can be being taken right here will guarantee their voice is extra central to the membership’s choice making shifting ahead.”
Given fan voices have been largely ignored lately that’s not precisely promising a lot.
Which supporters teams can have elected officers on the AAB?
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST)
The Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association (AISA)
Domestic and International Supporters’ Clubs
Arsenal Disabled Supporters’ Association
A Fans’ Forum consultant for 18-24-year-old followers
Who will symbolize the membership on the AAB?
Josh Kroenke (possession)
Tim Lewis (board member)
Vinai Venkatesham (Chief Executive)
Mark Gonnella (Media, Communications & Community Affairs Director)
Mark Brindle (Supporter Liaison Officer)
How typically will the AAB meet?
Twice a season.
How will this differ to the prevailing Fans’ Forum committee?
The Fans’ Forum will live on and can meet twice a yr to debate “extra operational issues” together with ticket pricing, membership pricing, secure standing, ticket touting and matchday attendance issues.