Sunderland supporters now have an opportunity to have their voices heard when it comes to key issues regarding the football club, and following last week’s launch of the ‘Red & White Army’, a meeting has been arranged in which all fans are invited to come along to.
The event will be on Tuesday 3rd of October, held upstairs at the Peacock pub in Sunderland, starting at 6:30pm.
The Peacock - formerly the Londonderry - is located in the centre of Town, with nearby parking accessible and easy to find.
Interim policy coordinator, Dave Rose, said:
This is the first meeting of the Red & White Army; the independent, democratic supporters group.
The main focus of the meeting will be to create an agenda that we will take to our first meeting with the club. It's also a chance for members to meet each other and begin shaping their organisation.
The meeting is open to all members. If you haven't already joined please visit www.redandwhitearmy.co.uk and enter your email address.
The Red and White Army is a fully democratic, inclusive and independent supporters group which aims to give a voice to all Sunderland fans. Its goal is to inform, liaise with and communicate with the club in the hope of strengthening fan relationships with Sunderland AFC, to the benefit of all supporters.
Speaking of what the group aims to do going forward, interim Chairman Andrew Hird said:
We aim to be as representative of Sunderland supporters as any one single organisation can be. That's why we have a democratic approach and aim to have co-opted positions to represent the various sections of support.
This group, we hope, will be taking questions and ideas to the club hierarchy on behalf of all fans and feeding back those conversations to all supporters via our website and social media platforms and in emails to our members.
We believe the Red & White Army can give fans a strong, coherent voice. We're not here to replace or repeat the good work undertaken by some of the well-established, existing supporter groups. In fact, we hope our approach will complement their efforts.
Again, be sure to get yourself along if you truly want to help enact change at Sunderland, and if if you want to see steps made in improving fan and club relations.