Ospreys Supporters Club moves a step closer

A number of volunteers will be out and about canvassing opinions from supporters at Friday night's game against the Dragons to get a view on fans thoughts about the launch of a new supporters club.

The group have put together a brief questionnaire and will be circulating among fans ahead of the 7.05pm kick-off to get as many opinions as possible. Volunteers will be located in the Magners Supporters Village, at the three main routes in to the stadium (the approach via the North Stand, near the footbridge across the River Tawe from the retail park in the south-east corner, and close to the ticket office in the south-west corner) and inside the stadium in the concourse areas ahead of kick-off.

The aim of the exercise is to get a better understanding of what the fans themselves want from any supporters club, so that when it is officially launched, it will meet the needs of Ospreys fans from far and wide.

The move comes following several meetings between a group of supporters keen to get an official supporters group up and running, and representatives of the Ospreys, who see the formation of such a group as being an important step forward for the region.

Ospreys Managing Director, Roger Blyth, said:

"We have been looking at the possibility of creating a supporters club for some time, and it has coincided with an approach that we received from a number of our fans who believe, like us, that now is the right time for an official supporters club to be launched. The fans we have been speaking to have have already put a great deal of time and effort into getting things this far and have canvassed a wide range of opinions via the Fans Forum on the official Ospreys website already.

However, both the fans group and the Ospreys ourselves realise that they need to widen that scope as much as possible, which is why they are giving up their own time on Friday evening ahead of the game to get out and speak to as many supporters as they can in order to get a fuller picture of what their fellow Ospreylians want from any supporters club.

"This is an important exercise, and we look forward to hearing their findings. We see an Ospreys Supporters Club has being an important development for the region, so would appreciate the co-operation of supporters attending Friday night's game. By giving up just a minute of their time to help the volunteers, they can help shape the Supporters Club offering to make sure that it matches the needs of our supporters as best as possible."