Album: Panthers Block Creation Of Independent Fan Association

Basically a group of Panthers fans created an organisation where they wanted to create a supporter experience, organising away game trips, organising social events around the Penrith Panthers, and went to Panthers HQ to ask for their support in the initiative. Unfortunately the club took it as a threat, and threatened the group with legal ramifications if they did not disband, and their forum taken down. <br /> <br /> Sad news for panthers fans. If the club had provided such initiatives, the association would not have existed. Just shooting themselves in their foot.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ----------<br /> A meeting was held between Panthers management and committee members of Panther Pride were held, in attendance were Don Feltis and Phil Gould. The purpose was to gain support form the club of the organisation and the goals set out to continue the &#039;supporter experience&#039; from the previous benchmarks set in seasons past.<br /> <br /> While the merit was acknowledged, the operation of a independent organisation was not. We have since been informed that the club does not desire nor seek the assistance from volunteers, and financial support in any for their activities. The club had stated &quot;We (the club) are responsible for the supporter experience, and we intend to keep it that way&quot;.<br /> <br /> We had stated the decline in services and functions to its ticketed supporters. We were informed that this was a short term issue and they are planning on bringing a &quot;Supporter Experience&quot; that was &#039;awesome&#039; and &#039;beyond expectations&#039;.<br /> <br /> The forum was said to be closed due to &#039;abuse&#039; some staff were receiving, and current management could not see the value in its continued operation. While we strongly disagree with both points regarding the forum, we accept that the club does not see a forum in its future.<br /> <br /> We have since been strongly discouraged from establishing the Panther Pride Supporters Association by the club, and due to this meeting last Wednesday we have collectively decided to disband this group, largely due to the implied f



Panthers Block Creation Of Independent Fan Association

Updated Nov 19, 2012
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Basically a group of Panthers fans created an organisation where they wanted to create a supporter experience, organising away game trips, organising social events around the Penrith Panthers, and went to Panthers HQ to ask for their support in the initiative. Unfortunately the club took it as a threat, and threatened the group with legal ramifications if they did not disband, and their forum taken down.

Sad news for panthers fans. If the club had provided such initiatives, the association would not have existed. Just shooting themselves in their foot.



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A meeting was held between Panthers management and committee members of Panther Pride were held, in attendance were Don Feltis and Phil Gould. The purpose was to gain support form the club of the organisation and the goals set out to continue the 'supporter experience' from the previous benchmarks set in seasons past.

While the merit was acknowledged, the operation of a independent organisation was not. We have since been informed that the club does not desire nor seek the assistance from volunteers, and financial support in any for their activities. The club had stated "We (the club) are responsible for the supporter experience, and we intend to keep it that way".

We had stated the decline in services and functions to its ticketed supporters. We were informed that this was a short term issue and they are planning on bringing a "Supporter Experience" that was 'awesome' and 'beyond expectations'.

The forum was said to be closed due to 'abuse' some staff were receiving, and current management could not see the value in its continued operation. While we strongly disagree with both points regarding the forum, we accept that the club does not see a forum in its future.

We have since been strongly discouraged from establishing the Panther Pride Supporters Association by the club, and due to this meeting last Wednesday we have collectively decided to disband this group, largely due to the implied f

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