Scotland: First safe standing section dedicated to youth fans

source: BBC.com

Scotland: First safe standing section dedicated to youth fans It may be small but yet is a significant step. Its added value is financing by supporters themselves. Kilmarnock FC becomes Scotland's second team overall to install safe standing.

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Kilmarnock FC will become the second club across Scotland to introduce safe standing. It's also the very first British football side to offer such solution specifically to its young supporters. First fans will be able to use it in late September, following installation earlier that month.

Contrary to Celtic, who mounted their safe standing section throughout a lower corner section, in Kilmarnock rail seats will be limited to two small areas: 158 for adults in the east stand and 166 in the youth section (U16) of the Family Stand (south). It's considered a means to drive youth engagement.

Rugby Park - Kilmarnock© Philip Schilf

“We had more than 12,000 fans in for the last game of the season against Rangers and the atmosphere was incredible but our average gate is more like 8,000 - better than it was not long ago but still too many empty seats,” said Killie Trust chair Jim Thomson. “So we're trying to develop the Family Stand, which we used to give over to Old Firm fans but have now reclaimed.”

“We think putting rail seats in there so the older kids can stand with their mates, but still in sight of their parents, will be a really social thing for them. It will also hopefully encourage them to keep coming as they get older.”

Why is Killie Trust chairman quoted instead of an official club representative? Because it's the Kilmarnock FC supporters who funded the recent initiative. Together with platforms for disabled supporters £40,000 are to be spent.

Killies Trust is famous for having spent £100,000 last year to buy shares and put their member on board of the club.

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