Positive reaction as Sheffield Wednesday announce plans to re-engage with supporters
Sheffield Wednesday’s first steps towards a new plan to engage with its supporters has drawn a positive reaction.
The club, who have drawn criticism from sections of its fan base for a lack of engagement in recent years, hope to ‘reach out and engage with as many of our supporters as possible from all age groups, both domestically and overseas’ believing a ‘modified strategy will lay firm foundations for ongoing fan engagement.’
Fans have held short, sporadic meetings with Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri and club staff in recent months, though it is felt the plans will provide a more structured process for engagement.
The newly-formed Supporters’ Trust was one of 11 fan groups named in the announcement and with which the club have an existing relationship. It is from these groups that the fan panel will be primarily formed, though members of other Wednesday supporter groups are welcome.
An initial meeting will take place via video conference on Saturday.
A club statement said: “Having implemented numerous variants down the years and more recently via meetings with the newly formed Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Trust, the new strategy aims to form the basis of structured, communal engagement across a range of fans’ groups.
“The club will put clear building blocks in place for the short and long term, with the aim to foster transparent dialogue with supporters of all demographics.”
A selection process will be dependent on the number of enquiries received, with a ballot to follow if necessary. The club seeks to find a representative from every age group from 20 and under to 80 plus and encourage those interested in taking part to email [email protected]