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EFL: CUOSC declare support for Safe Standing campaign

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4 May 2018

CUOSC have confirmed this week that they are backing the ‘Stand Up for Choice’ campaign that has been launched by the EFL and the Football Supporters Federation.

The campaign includes an online survey asking fans whether they would be keen on having a choice to sit or stand at games.

The EFL wants to see government legislation reviewed and changed so that clubs have the opportunity to provide standing areas at all matches, whether in the Championship, League One or League Two.

The Blues are among 21 clubs across the EFL who already offer safe standing.

Billy Atkinson, club director and CUOSC board member said: “We can see no reason why safe standing areas cannot be delivered by all clubs.

“The EFL and FSF deserve credit and our full support for this initiative.

“Fans want to be safe but also want the right to stand if they wish. And those who would rather sit should be able to do so without the worry of their view being blocked.

“By creating correctly regulated standing areas it offers supporters a choice and would help produce some of the great atmospheres the game is renowned for.”

The ‘Stand up for Choice’ campaign has been designed to provoke a progressive and informed debate whilst seeking to highlight the significant support that exists amongst football fans who want the ability to have a choice between standing and being seated at EFL matches. 

The announcement has seen the launch of a dedicated fans’ survey, which will provide key data and insight on the views of supporters nationwide in addition to the existing petition which has already illustrated the strength of feeling on the wider issue. 

Chair of Carlisle United Supporters' Groups Simon Clarkson said: "As fans, we want the choice of how to watch our team, depending on our personal circumstances and who we watch the game with. The flexibility the choice gives will improve the matchday experience for fans."

The survey can be accessed online via: and EFL social media channels.

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