Supporters get chance to speak up on Cambridge United Fans' Parliament plans
Initiative launched to seek opinions
Cambridge United supporters are being urged to have their say on a potential Fans’ Parliament.
On the back of discussions to improve communications with fans, one of the proposals was to create a Fans’ Parliament to meet regularly with directors and staff of the club.
Cambridge Fans United (CFU) and the U’s have now launched a consultation to further investigate the potential of such a scheme at the Abbey Stadium.
The aim is to hear from as many supporters as possible about the initiative to explore the level of interest in a Fans’ Parliament, how it would work and talk to clubs where such a scheme is already up and running.
The process is intended to last for six months, with the hope that the first Fans’ Parliament could meet before the end of the season, if possible.
CFU have put together a small working group, including non-members, to develop the plans.
“The CFU Trust Board suggested the idea of setting up a Fans’ Parliament and unanimously agreed to help take it forward,” said Nigel Pearce, the CFU deputy chairman.
“We think a Fan’s Parliament could do much to improve the way the club engages with its supporters. It would allow a far greater level of transparency and build trust. These things have been in rather short supply over recent months.
“First, though, we need to test the appetite of fans and understand what they want. So we are publishing a work plan, to develop the idea and, if we get the thumbs up, to set up a Fans’ Parliament.
“There will be more information available at and around the Bury game on November 24. We want to encourage supporters to have their say, to tell us what they think of the idea.
“We want to come up with a model that is right for Cambridge United and its fans. All United fans will have the chance to shape it and, if they want to, to be part of it.”
Cambridge United director Godric Smith said: “As we said earlier this month, the club is committed to improving communication with our passionate fan base and we are excited about the potential of a Fans’ Parliament as part of this.
“It is great that CFU are leading the project, and actively involving other volunteers, so we can all ensure it is genuinely for the fans by the fans.
“The board of directors fully endorses the suggested approach and looks forward to receiving regular progress reports.
“It is important that everyone feels they can be part of the process so we would encourage all supporters to get involved and provide their views.”
For more information on how to get involved, email CFU at firstname.lastname@example.org