PLANS are being put in place to form an official Supporters Group at Malvern Town ahead of the 2023/24 season. 

The club's attendance figures and fanbase has been growing in recent seasons as the club have progressed up the non-league ladder and now, Malvern supporters are hoping to form an official association by the start of the new campaign.

One of the founding members of the group, Stew Linnane, said: "In addition to representing the voice and interest of the fans, we aim to support the vision and ambition of the club.

"We want to be able to assist in nurturing and growing the club fan base at all levels and be a link between the club leadership and the supporters."

"We are looking to get the structure in place at the beginning of the forthcoming 2023/24 season. The formation of this association will follow the guidelines of the Football Supporters Association."

Malvern will be playing Step 4 football next season in the Southern League Division One South, their first appearance in the higher league for 14 years.

But chairman Chris Pinder acknowledges that any further progress made from this point requires the full support of the fans at the club. 

"The board and I are excited to work hand-in-hand with the supporters association as part of our ongoing mission to improve the experience for everyone at the club," he said.

"I believe the association will be very effective at helping fans overcome some of this season's challenges regarding away travel.

"We also feel that transparency between the board and supporters is essential so the association can nominate a representative to attend and contribute to board meetings.

"Should the association ever formalise into a legal entity such as a trust, there is also the option of granting a shareholding in the future. All-in-all, it's a very positive step forward for the club as we continue to grow and progress up the levels."