Celebrations - A Great Escape
The authorities have tried to clamp down on footballers celebrating goals with their teammates as they don’t se t a good example to others living under strict lockdown restrictions. The players have largely ignored the warnings and Darren explains here why he’s glad they have, and how the escape from grim reality is actually what fans need right now; rather than a reminder about how rubbish most other aspects of life are.
THE FAN EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE PODCAST
Season 2, Episode 9 with Polly Bancroft
Brighton & Hove Albion General Manager, Polly Bancroft, joins Mark and Darren on the latest episode to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the women’s game. After working previously at both the FA and UEFA, where she was a specialist in UEFA’s Business Development Unit, Polly is now overseeing the development of Brighton’s women team as they aim to establish themselves in the WSL, and has plenty of insights into ways that women’s football can thrive in the post-Covid world.
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Formed in 2005. The Fan Experience Company is the leading company when it comes to match day experience assessment and improvement, with award-winning programmes in the UK and Europe.
With today’s sports fans looking for much more in their experience than the 90 minutes of action on the field, clubs need to find ways to attract fans to their stadiums earlier, and entertain them when they get there.
The Fan Experience Company has a range of assessment tools and programmes, data, benchmarking, recognition schemes and practical best practice examples to help any association, league or club to lift the experience their fans have from good to great. This season we have been involved in…
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The Fan Experience Company announce first County Cricket Club partnership
As fans begin to return to stadiums from December 2, the focus will be, rightly, on health and safety. But it doesn’t mean the match day experience is less important. If anything, with all the restrictions, it’s even more crucial to get this right.
Our white paper explores the areas where the experience can help to bring fans back and make them want to return. Research has shown that a significant number of fans are not thinking of going to games again until a vaccine is in place. So we need to focus on making the match day enjoyable – even with the restrictions – until then.
When fans finally return to stadiums, the match day experience will be more important to them than ever. And people at clubs will make the difference.
Our new 20120/21 staff training programme offers bespoke sessions for clubs, designed around their specific needs and situation. From motivational talks about the importance and benefits of providing a best-practice match day experience, through to practical ‘how to’ workshops that provide the tools and skills for staff, stewards and volunteers to do that, it’s a way to instantly improve and put your people first.
FAN ENGAGEMENT CERTIFICATE
'More than a Hub': A Unique Fan Engagement Learning Opportunity
If you’re considering registering for the FC Barcelona Innovation Hub ‘Fan Engagement’ Certificate as part of your professional development or simply because of an interest in the topic, please read on. I’ll tell you why you should.
FC BUSINESS COLUMN
The New Rules Of Engagement
It’s almost been a whole year without fans in stadiums (other than a few pilot and test events) and the latest roadmap from the government suggests that it will be August (and 18 months since the first lockdown) when they can return properly to Premier League and EFL grounds. In his latest FC Business column, Mark suggests what clubs need to do to get it right, how an over-reliance on digital should be avoided but that engaging with fans in different ways, inside and outside the stadium, will now be more important than ever.
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