After successfully launching its “Unity and Diversity” initiative at the recent Wigan Athletic home match, Wanderers were keen to act quickly on recommendations that a quiet room facility would be advantageous to attract new supporters from the religious and culturally diverse communities of the town. Upon receiving these recommendations, the “Unity and Diversity” Cohesion Steering Group, which comprises of Club and Council officials, community cohesion officers and business leaders, recognised that staff and visitors to the stadium may need a place to pray or reflect on matchdays, and agreed to establish a quiet room at the earliest opportunity.
The new facility will open at Wanderers’ next Barclays Premiership home match, when Arsenal are the visitors on Saturday 25 November 2006
The room, located in the West Stand lower concourse, is open to all supporters, staff, players and visitors to the Reebok Stadium and provides them with a comfortable place for worship and contemplation.
Supporters wishing to use this facility, who are located in other areas of the stadium, will still be able to gain access to the quiet room by asking a steward. Stewards will then escort supporters to the room.
Those visiting the Reebok Stadium or the De Vere Whites Hotel on non-matchdays can be provided with a quiet room facility by prior engagement.
Wanderers’ Club Chaplain, Reverend Phil Mason, who instigated this facility said:
“The creation of a quiet room is one way in which we can ensure the needs of all our staff and supporters are met.
“We are delighted we have been able to provide this facility and greatly appreciate the hard work put in by all those whose vision and determination turned the initial proposal for the room into reality.
“The quiet room project is the first of many initiatives we hope to implement over the coming months. Indeed the Club will shortly appoint a Community Cohesion Officer, who will work with the very successful Football in the Community Team helping the Club to strengthen links and engage more fully with the many religious and culturally diverse communities of Bolton.”