What does good look like?

NEWS & STAR COLUMN, 30.09.2021

There has been a good response to CUOSC’s appeal to fans to help them map out the future for the Blues and the wider game.

We have already received plenty of completed questionnaires as we seek to understand the views of fans on a number of important topics.

The government’s final report of their review into the governance of football is due shortly with supporters likely to be given a louder voice. And although CUOSC have already fed into this we want to go a stage further.

We have produced an extensive questionnaire that covers all aspects of the game and will use the responses to bring out a new manifesto which will define what good looks like from a Carlisle supporter’s perspective.

It is lengthy but we believe it is important and worth the time and effort.

As well as incorporating the responses in the manifesto they will also influence our discussions at board level with the club.

It can only help CUOSC and the Blues move forward.

We want as many of our fan-base as possible to take part. That’s why we are extending the invite to all supporters and not just our members.

We are grateful to the club who have promised to allow us to use their media platforms to circulate the questionnaire and widen its reach. The responses will be published when they have been fully processed.

CUOSC are members of the Football Supporters Association (FSA) and have representatives on both United’s Holdings Board and the operational 1921 Board.

The questionnaire is in eight parts and can be filled in online by visiting http://cuosc.org.uk/news/the-future-of-football/

CUOSC have also adopted a revised fan engagement policy, details of which are published on our website at www.cuosc.org.uk

Questions can be sent via our email address (info@cuosc.org.uk ) or via social media. The answers will be shared in our weekly briefings and on our website.

Members meetings will also be organised throughout the season. The next online meeting will be on February 17 while we are also hopeful of holding a face-to-face meeting at Brunton Park in December.

The Blues have a great chance to put their recent woes behind them when they take on table-toppers Forest Green at home on Saturday.

CUOSC will be holding our regular supporters’ surgery before the game in the study centre next to the club shop between 1.30 and 2.30pm. It’s a good opportunity to meet some of our directors and ask questions. It is also a chance to sign up or renew your membership.