Assembly Members’ Safe Standing Motion

AN ALL-PARTY motion about Safe Standing at football grounds has been drafted by members of the Welsh Assembly. Here are the details:

Notice of Motion submitted by Andrew RT Davies (Con, South Wales Central), Bethan Jenkins (Plaid, South Wales West), Ann Jones (Labour, Vale of Clwyd) and Peter Black (Liberal Democrat, South Wales West).

The Notice of Motion reads: “The National Assembly for Wales: · Notes the appetite which exists amongst football supporters in Wales and beyond for the introduction of safe standing areas in the Premier League and Football League Championship.
· Recognises the key role which Assembly Members and Welsh football clubs competing in the English pyramid can play in lobbying the UK Government and football authorities to accept the case for introducing safe standing areas on a limited, trial basis.
· Notes the positive role which standing areas at football matches could play in significantly reducing ticket prices, improving access to high-level football for people from deprived communities, improving atmosphere and providing spectators with greater choice.
· Recognises that safe standing is operational, popular and well-established at top-level football in Germany; as well as at rugby union, rugby league and other sporting and public events across the UK.