The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust has added its voice to a call for a change in the legislation regarding standing at football stadia and for a pilot of ‘safe standing’ in Wales.
The Trust today joined representatives of the Football Supporters’ Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshow and the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust at the Liberty Stadium for the launch of a report by the Welsh Conservatives which followed a vote in the Welsh Assembly last year calling on the UK Government to consider the introduction of a pilot of safe standing in Wales.
A survey of 2,364 fans undertaken by the Welsh Conservatives (with the support of the FSF) found that:
- 96% back a safe standing pilot to trial modern stadium technology;
- 84% believe that safe standing areas would decrease the likelihood of conflict between stewards and fans;
- 97% feel that modern stadium technology can make standing areas at football grounds safe;
- Just 62% believe that dedicated standing areas will make a return to the top two divisions of professional football in the future.
Huw Cooze, the Trust’s Supporters Director on the Swansea City Board, said:
The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust has added its voice to the call to introduce safe standing areas at football grounds, whilst also highlighting the need to fully cater for the many fans who are either unwilling or unable to stand at matches.”
He added: “Safety at football grounds must remain the absolute priority and the advances in technology and the extensive use of safe standing areas in other countries now means that the time is right to pilot such areas in this Country given the demand from many fans to stand at matches.”
You can read the ‘Safe Standing – Why Wales Can Lead The Way’ report on the Your Voice website.