FANS FORUM: Summary of our first Fans Forum of the 2021/22 season!

Last night (September 16th 2021) Aldershot Town hosted our latest Fans Forum in the EBB Lounge at The EBB Stadium.

Around 50 fans attended our latest forum, which saw five members of different hierarchy within the club present their latest updates in each of their departments.

These people were: Shahid Azeem (Chairman), Waleed Khan (Director of Academy), Mark Butler (Commercial Manager), Adam Maltby (Foundation Development Officer) and Danny Searle (First Team Manager).

In addition to those in attendance, up to 175 people tuned into our Facebook live stream of the event, giving those who weren’t able to attend in person an opportunity to listen to what was discussed on the night along with the Q&A session at the end of the evening too.

The two parts of our live stream for the event are available to re-watch on our Facebook page if you missed the forum below:

PART 1 – Click HERE for Part 1 (Presentations)

PART 2 – Click HERE for Part 2 (Q & A)

Commercial Manager Mark Butler spoke about his progress with the club’s Commercial plans since the last Fans Forum almost two years ago, (due to the pandemic), with the club also continuing to promote the Supporters’ Club initiative ‘In With A Shot’, which you can find out more about HERE.

Newly-appointed Foundation Development Officer Adam Maltby also spoke about the work he has been doing within the Foundation since taking up his new role at the club, with initiatives including Half-Time Entertainment, Junior Fanzone on home matchdays and Walking Football.

This went along with future plans discussed by the Foundation to start a football session designed to help those with mental health issues, along with the Veterans Hub and also a Women’s football team for all age groups all planned to be brought in by the Foundation in 2022.

Academy Director Waleed Khan provided an update with the club’s academy progress as a number of young players have continued their great progress all the way through from our u8s to our u23s. Waleed also kept fans up to date with the success of our age groups in both the league and cup competitions, along with plenty other achievements from all our different age groups too during the pandemic.

Chairman Shahid Azeem’s presentation gave Aldershot Town fans an update of where the club was regarding the Stadium Redevelopment, with the initial plans altering slightly due to the events with the pandemic over the last year or so. Ticket prices were also discussed in great length and more conversation can be found on that by clicking on the live-streams further down in the article.

First-Team Manager Danny Searle finished off the presentations as he spoke openly to the supporters who attended both in person and through the live-stream, the implications the pandemic has had on his first-team plans for this season, along with the successes he’s had so far including 8 academy debuts during his tenure already, but also discussed improvements that have been made and will need to continue to see the club reach the levels both the fans and members of staff want to see.

These presentations were made in the first hour before a short break took place. During the first half of the forum and the break, fans were prompted to write down any questions they had for the club on a slip of paper provided.

Fans were also advised to send in questions prior to the event via email if they had any and were maybe unable to attend on the night.

Mark Butler then went through all of the questions that were asked during the second half and the club hierarchy answered those questions posed to them as seen in the second part of our Facebook live-stream HERE.

All presentations presented are also available, click the following links to see what was presented on the night:

Shahid Azeem’s, Waleed Khan’s, Mark Butler’s and Adam Maltby’s Presentations

Danny Searle’s Presentation

The Chairman of the Aldershot Town Supporters Club Ray Hedgeman was there on the night and gained a few new members of their In With A Shot game during the evening.

You can still sign up for the Supporters Club either at the front office at the football club or by heading to their website HERE.

Our next fans forum of the 2021/22 season will be announced in due course.