Forest Forces keep fans turning through turnstiles
The new season has now well and truly kicked off and in August, the club faced a very congested schedule at the City Ground with The Reds playing a total of 3 home games in 8 days.
So many home games in a short space of time requires massive operational input but when combined with the so-called ‘pingdemic’, this left quite a challenge with many staff members being required to self-isolate at home to reduce the spread of the virus.
The club was faced with a shortage of turnstile operators who welcome thousands of fans through the many turnstiles around the ground at every game and needed to look further afield to fill the gaps. At an average Forest game, there are 60 turnstile operators who on average admit 500 fans into the ground each!
An email was sent by the club to friends and family of Nottingham Forest asking for matchday support and up stepped a number of our Forest Forces participants who stood in to lend a hand working on the turnstiles.
A total of 8 Forest Forces came forward, along with retired serviceman and regular participant, Gary Crosby who was one of the first to step in.
Gary said, “We got an email from the Community Trust, saying the club were short-handed because the NHS had been pinging people constantly, so they wanted help.”
He continued, “I’m a life-long forest fan, and had a season ticket for 30 years so it’s a chance to watch three quarters of the game and help the club out at the same time.”
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone, especially our Forest Forces participants who stepped up at recent home games to keep fans turning through the turnstiles.