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FANS | Parliament Recruitment

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11:35 2nd June 2016

The time has come around again to open up the application process to fans wanting to become members of the Fans Parliament.

The Parliament is an opportunity to improve the already excellent relationship between the club and fans. The club want to listen to your views and gain greater understanding of the issues that affect fans directly. This information can be utilised when important decisions have to be made. This also provides the club the opportunity to explain why decisions are made or why issues are resolved in a certain way.

We’re asking fans from right across our supporter base to participate in the Wolves Fans' Parliament.

The Fans Parliament has a totally inclusive representation of supporters and represents the diverse make up of fans. Therefore, the club would like to receive nominations from the following groups:
  • Recognised Wolves' Supporter Clubs.
  • Season ticket holders.
  • Family enclosure members.
  • Fans from minority groups.
  • Members of the Ticket Priority Scheme.
  • Away Season Ticket Holders.
  • ‘Armchair’ or casual fans.
  • Regular hospitality visitors.
  • Box holders the opportunity to apply.
  • There is also a 'wild card' entry for anyone who feels they represent a group that deserves a say.
In order to apply or nominate a fan write to: Paul Richards, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR or e-mail: paulrichards@wolves.co.uk.

All letters must clearly state your name and contact details along with your nominations:
  • Name, address, e-mail and phone number.
  • Which group you represent.
  • Up to 100 words stating why you should sit on the Parliament.
Nominations must be with the club by 29th July 2016 They will then be considered by a panel of fans and club officials to ensure that the final selection is credible and representative.

Once the Parliament is assembled with new members in situ, there will be meetings held on a bi-monthly basis involving board members, football & senior management, department heads and special guests.

Minutes of all meetings are published on the club website - www.wolves.co.uk.

Wolves Fans Parliament – Terms of Reference

The Wolves Fans Parliament is one of football’s longest running face-to-face supporter and club consultation groups, which was created in 2006 for both Wolves staff and fans to gain a greater understanding of the issues, which affect all parties.

Regular, bi-monthly meetings are held at Molineux with the Chief Executive, and senior club officials, in attendance.

Club decisions are then made with an overall clearer understanding of fan opinion through consultation, debate and feedback. 

Objectives
  • To consistently engage in regular, face-to-face consultation with a representative group of Wolves’ fanbase.
  • To ensure a greater sharing and understanding of the issues, which affect the fans and the Club.
  • To give fans the opportunity to hear from staff across the Club, whether it be in football, stadium, ticketing or commercial-related departments.
  • To set the benchmark for club / supporter face-to-face consultation.    
How it Works
  • The Wolves Fans Parliament consists of members who are elected via an application process.
  • The Fans Parliament strives to ensure a diverse representation of fans by recruiting from groups such as season ticket holders, recognised Wolves' supporter clubs, families, away season ticket holders, casual fans, regular hospitality visitors, members from Wolves Disabled Supporter Association.
  • The Parliament hold bi-monthly meetings based primarily at Molineux.
  • The tenure period is two years reviewable to a maximum of four years.
  • Each Fans Parliament member has a duty to make contact with other supporters in their respective areas to gather information relating to issues in order to raise within meetings.
  • A review of the meeting is independently captured by freelance journalist, respected Wolves author and ex-Express & Star writer, David Instone. This review is then published on the club’s official website and across all media channels.
  • Fans Parliament members can make available their own account of the meeting once the club’s review has been published.
  • To nominate a supporter, or to apply, please write to: Paul Richards, Supporter Liaison Officer, Wolves or email paulrichards@wolves.co.uk.
  • All correspondence should state the fans’ name, address, mobile phone number and supporter number.
  • All applications are subject to consideration by Wolves and independently by David Instone and no applications should be foreseen as accepted until informed of by the club.
Achievements - Examples
  • Wolves consults the Fans Parliament on ticketing pricing, particularly the Early Bird season ticket scheme.
  • Fans Parliament feedback has been instrumental in the introduction of an U21 season ticket, Wolves 4 Family Football offer, the removal of the admin fee on online match tickets and much more.
  • The Wolves Flex-ticket was introduced as a result of a Fans Parliament suggestion.
  • The Club consulted the Fans Parliament on the redevelopment of the Stan Cullis Stand and AFL Architects presented to supporters.
  • The Club consulted the Fans Parliament on transitory arrangements during stadium redevelopment, particularly with regards to the temporary – and then permanent - relocation of supporters.
  • Fans Parliament representatives have sat on meetings such as the Hall of Fame Committee and the Sir Jack Statue Fund Committee.
  • The Fans Parliament was one of the first fans’ groups in the country to see a demonstration of rail seating at Molineux and to discuss the issue with Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of the Football Supporters Federation.
  • Some Fans Parliament members will travel to Glasgow to see rail seating in place at Celtic, when it is in use next season.
  • Every year, Wolves’ annual accounts have been exclusively presented to Fans Parliament members before being publicly released.
  • Fans Parliament members were consulted on the refresh of the Club’s brand in 2012.
  • Fans Parliament members were instrumental in the Club starting a regular Fan Survey.
  • The Fans Parliament model has been replicated by clubs such as West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.
  • The Fans Parliament has had the opportunity to directly put questions to club officials such as: Chairman, Steve Morgan, Head Coach, Kenny Jackett, Kevin Thelwell (Head of Football Development & Recruitment), Phil Hayward (Head of Medical Services), Gareth Prosser (Academy Manager), Lynne O’Reardon (Head of Ticketing & membership) and Will Clowes (General Manager, Wolves Community Trust.
  • Stadium improvements such as the digital clock within the stadium bowl.

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