Tranmere Rovers FC
FSF Away Day Experience of the Year Award
Step 1 Winners
Tranmere Rovers have been named as the inaugural winners of the best away day experience at Step 1 of the non-league game.The award from the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) is an extension of the FSF's ‘Away Fans Matter Campaign', which encourages clubs to make travelling supporters more welcome.
Recognising that facilities and resources vary at the different levels of the game, the FSF sought nominations at each of Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the National League System for consideration. A judging panel decided the winning club at each level and Tranmere Rovers were the unanimous choice of the judges as winners in Step 1, the National League for 2017-18.
The winners at each level were:
Step 1 - Tranmere Rovers FC
Step 2 – Bognor Regis Town FC
Step 3 – Kings Langley FC
Step 4 – Bamber Bridge FC
FSF National Game Officer, Andy Walsh, said: “The FSF believes that away fans are vital to the health of the game and that all clubs should welcome visiting supporters. As Tranmere bid farewell to non-league football, they leave behind a great deal of goodwill from travelling fans and we want to acknowledge and thank Tranmere for going the extra mile.”
Tranmere were singled out for praise by visiting supporters of a number of clubs.
“Brilliant home fans and very friendly,” said one. “Fantastic facilities and a great atmosphere,” said another. Supporters of Guiseley added: “Their supporters have been nothing but friendly towards us, genuinely hope they get promoted this season and I will miss our visit to Prenton Park”.
The evidence from feedback in the FSF annual fans survey shows that those clubs who make away fans feel welcome attract more supporters and reap a financial benefit from both home and away fans alike.
“Travelling supporters are vital to the atmosphere at matches and away fans bring additional revenue, improving the financial viability of our football clubs. Without away fans, grounds are far quieter, less vibrant places,” added Walsh.
“Our award acknowledges best practice and we hope that it encourages all clubs to follow the lead set by our award winners this season and look at how the match day experience for away fans at their own club can be improved.”
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