The helpers wear white coats around the Amex
BRIGHTON and Hove Albion has introduced volunteers to help supporters on their arrival at the Amex.
The five Matchday Here to Help staff are made up of season ticket holders who wanted to pass on their knowledge of the ground and club.
They work outside the Amex and around the ticket office and station approach, as well as the coach park and the visiting supporters’ entrance.
One of the recently recruited volunteers is Ken Valder, a long-term supporter of the Albion.
She said: “The club got in touch over the summer asking for volunteers, and so having supported the club for 50 years I thought I’d get in touch. Our first game was against Stoke City and the five of us who are there on match days direct people where to go and help answer any questions they may have – we have very distinguishable jackets.
“My first game supporting the Albion was a 0-0 draw against Swindon Town, some 50 years ago. The club’s come such a long way and to be in the Premier League is just fantastic.
“I’m so proud of the Amex and like to be able to show it to people when they visit, whether that’s away fans, first-time visitors or the supporters we’re increasingly getting from overseas. To be able to do this job and showcase our ground is fantastic.”
This initiative has been praised by Premier League bosses.
The club has recently won praise for another initiative. The club puts up thank you notes for travelling supporters in the away end toilets. Burnley fan and former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell tweeted a photo of the poster and said: “Nice touch in away end gents’ at Brighton.”
Source: The Argus