Newcastle United are looking for supporters to join the Club's official Fans Forum for the next two seasons after six members completed their tenure at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
The Club is encouraging applications from season ticket holders in each of the Gallowgate, Milburn, Leazes and East stands, as well as those who frequently attend away fixtures and all black and white members.
The Forum consists of 14 supporters and senior Club and sponsor representatives and was re-established last summer in order to enhance and structure dialogue between fans and the Club's senior management team.
Established fan groups, NUFC Fans United and Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA), occupy two of 14 supporter seats permanently, with the remaining 12 seats representing different segments of the Magpies' diverse fan base.
The Club will continue to be represented by managing director Lee Charnley and finance director John Irving, heads of department from safety and security, facilities, ticketing, media and Foundation, the Club's supporter liaison manager and representatives from sponsors Wonga.com.
Unlike many forums at other clubs, which are voted in by a panel or elected by fellow supporters on the strength of written applications, applicants to the Fans Forum at Newcastle United are required to select an individual seat for which they meet criteria (ie Milburn Stand representative must hold a valid season ticket in the Milburn Stand).
They are then selected at random from all qualifying applicants, giving every Newcastle United supporter a chance of being on the Forum.
All fans are able to communicate with the representative who most closely represents their needs, as well as raising proposals for agenda items, via a new Fans Forum section on www.nufc.co.uk.
Detailed meeting minutes are also published online under the Fans Forum section.
FANS FORUM STRUCTURE
Please find a full list of supporter seats on the Newcastle United Fans Forum below:
Length of occupancy
|NUFC Fans United||Awarded to NUFC Fans United||Permanent|
|Disabled Supporters Association||Awarded to NUDSA||Permanent|
|Supporters Clubs||Secretary/chair of any supporters club (minimum 20 members)||One year remaining|
|Young persons rep (U21)||Must be 18-21 or under and a member or STH||One year remaining|
|Over-65s||Must be 65 or over and a STH at SJP||One year remaining|
|Milburn STH - VACANT||Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Milburn Stand||Two years|
|Leazes STH - VACANT||Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Leazes Stand||Two years|
|East Stand STH - VACANT||Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the East Stand||Two years|
|Gallowgate STH - VACANT||Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Gallowgate Stand||Two years|
|Long-distance traveller||A match attendee who travels more than 50 miles to SJP and attends at least five home games per season||One year remaining|
|Away STH - VACANT||Must be a minimum of ten away fixtures per season||Two years|
|B&W Member (non STH) - VACANT||Any non-STH Member||Two years|
|Equality representative||n/a||One year remaining|
|Corporate member||Any corporate seasonal member||One year remaining|
HOW TO APPLY
The Club is now welcoming applications from supporters for the above vacancies.
Supporters who can commit to attending three meetings at intervals throughout the season for the specified term should send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Preferred Forum seat
- Full name
- Supporter number
- Contact number
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday, 7th August. The selected supporters will be notified in due course and full details will be made available at www.nufc.co.uk.