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SWINDON TOWN: Town to look into safe standing at the County Ground
SWINDON Town have backed the Football Supporters’ Federation’s ‘Safe Standing’ campaign after being presented with figures generated by a local fans’ website which suggested 87 per cent of Robins supporters would welcome the initiative.
The FSF notion is to trial “rail seating” at stadiums across the country, paving the way for a possible return of modern terracing at football grounds in England.
Peterborough and Aston Villa have already agreed to test out the concept and, while Swindon will not go that far, after looking over the results of a poll conducted by TheWashbag.com and sending a representative to a parliamentary showcase entitled ‘The Case for Safe Standing in Football’ last month, the Robins have thrown their support behind the campaign.
A statement from the club read: “Swindon Town is a club that prides itself on listening to its fans and when surveys such as the recent one run by fan website The Washbag.com indicate that 87 per cent of Town supporters would welcome the introduction of a safe standing area as part of redevelopment of the County Ground, we are naturally only too happy to have that debate and explore whether that is something that may be possible in the years ahead.
“We believe that such (safe standing) trials would be useful for the football community as a whole in order to enable all concerned to take fully informed, evidence-based decisions on the possible wider introduction of such areas in the future. Swindon Town Football Club fully supports Villa and Peterborough in their request to be allowed to run such trials.”
Ron Smith, editor of TheWashbag.com said: “With such a strong display of public support we were pleased with Swindon Town's response and held a constructive meeting with (operations manager)Mark Isaacs. Clearly the club have listened to their supporters in making this statement in support of Aston Villa and Peterborough United being allowed to undertake the safe standing trials.
“These will provide a vital tool to further test the already strong case for safe standing areas in the Premier League and Football League. TheWashbag.com welcomes the opportunity of working with the club and supporters' groups to see safe standing become a reality at the County Ground.”