Cheltenham Town FC are the one of the latest in a string of professional football clubs to publicly support the #LetFansIn movement.
The online campaign to get fans back into sporting grounds around the country has amassed over 195,000 signatures already, meaning it will be considered in Parliament for debate.
The likes of Manchester United, Watford and Charlton Athletic have promoted the petition on Twitter as well, encouraging their fans to support the movement.
It hasn’t all been well received however, with many fans acknowledging that the experience would be so heavily monitored if and when fans return to stadiums, that the risk doesn’t merit the reward.
Cheltenham Town’s Media Manager Richard Joyce commented on the club’s decision to support the campaign;
“Here at Cheltenham Town we are keen to push for the government to allow fans to safely return to matches at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
“Clubs such as ourselves are facing huge financial challenges by not being able to host our supporters. The current situation is unsustainable.
“With the correct protocols in place we are capable of hosting a lowered capacity crowd for home matches in line with covid safe requirements.
“There are other benefits to having fans back in stadiums. We know that supporting a team can help improve the mental well-being of fans. With World Mental Health Day having taken place on Saturday we’re well aware of how positive being able to safely enjoy football can be for fans mental health.”
The Robins’ stance on the petition is clear, and with a debate date due to be announced within the coming week it may only be a matter of time before we see fans starting to come back into stadiums.