Coming Soon – Divisional & Regional WhatsApp GroupsPeter Houghton
The EFL’s Bob Eastwood set up a WhatsApp group for clubs involved in both Championship Restart matches and the play-offs and Safety Officers involved in these have told me that it has been a huge success in terms of instant messaging and relaying useful information to colleagues.
Members will be aware that I have been trying to set up something similar on an app called ” Band”. This met resistance where our member had a club-sponsored cell phone and where the SO was not allowed to load random apps not approved by the IT department.
As most people are using WhatsApp, I think we should use that going forward. The Management Board has been trialing it for the last couple of weeks with major contributions from Dave Parker at Reading and Craig Witham, SE Regional Chair and SO at Leyton Orient.
So, commencing later today I will be inviting you all to join, first of all, a divisional group, followed by a regional group. We have seen the use of forums reduce considerably as these are generally laptop lead, and instant messaging is very much the norm. With the new guidance about to be launched in terms of the reintroduction of spectators, this will be a useful tool for us to share experiences, ask questions, and generally help our colleagues.