Chelsea to introduce supporters at Club Board meetings
Chelsea football club has announced that there shall be supporter presence at club Board meetings starting July 1.
This comes in light of the recent supporter demonstrations across UK where fans accused clubs of making decisions without considering their thoughts. This actually led to postponement of the march between Manchester united and Liverpool last weekend.
The club statement read that three supporter advisors, picked through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the Club’s decision-making process.
The Club will now consult with the Fans’ Forum and several non-official supporter groups to discuss the Club’s proposed process for picking the three supporter advisors.
Criteria for nominations as well as final selection will ensure that the supporter presence is representative of the club’s supporter base generally and is inclusive and diverse. A new selection will be made before the start of each season.
The club said further information regarding this consultation will be communicated directly to the Fans’ Forum and the other non-official supporters groups in the coming days.
The successful candidates will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement, similar in scope to the confidentiality obligations of a member of the Chelsea Football Club board of directors. This will allow the Club to discuss and seek advice on a broad range of matters.
The supporter advisors will not have any voting rights and will not participate in any meetings relating to players, staff, the Academy and related matters.
Supporter advisors will attend approximately four meetings per year, and more if appropriate. If they complete the year successfully they will be entitled to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of £2,500 from the Club