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by Helen Mayo @Everton

Supporters have the opportunity to have their say on the main issues affecting the Club as the latest recruitment drive for the Fans' Forum launches this week.

The group of supporters, who meet monthly to discuss key Club issues, have a valuable input into decisions that affect the Club and its fanbase, and a search is now underway for four new members.

The new recruits will join eight existing members on the Forum to air their views to members of Everton's executive management team, providing honest and candid feedback on the issues that matter to supporters.

Everton's Fans' Forum was launched to give supporters a sense of ownership and participation in the Club.

In May, the existing Forum capped off a successful season with a visit to Finch Farm to meet manager David Moyes.

Chaired by Season Ticket holder Tony Bott, the group made a significant contribution to key Club decisions throughout the 2011/12 season.

Season Ticket pricing, rewarding loyal supporters, finances, engaging with fans and bringing supporters of the future to Goodison Park through the '£5-a-game' ticket offer are just some of the points that the Forum discussed with Club representatives over the last 12 months.

Mr Bott said: "The Fans' Forum is important for supporters and the Club, and both parties feel that we made positive steps forward over the course of last season.

"We have come up with a new-look membership, structure and terms of office, which will all come into play for the 2012/13 season. The Forum continues to evolve and the Club and fans are working together to achieve the best possible format."

Last season, the Fans' Forum also met with the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) to find out more about how the refereeing system works. Everton were the first Club to set up a meeting between the PGMOL and its Fans' Forum - and the initiative proved such a success that it is now being rolled out to other Premier League clubs across the country.

The Forum also met with Club partners Kitbag and Sodexo to feedback on customer service issues and suggest improvements - such as more match screenings and tours at Goodison, which have since been implemented.  

The recruitment drive for new members will take place over the next four weeks and the existing Forum will meet in September to review applications, alongside senior Club representatives. 

If you want to have your say, fill in the application form below, telling the Club in no more than 100 words why you would make a suitable candidate for the Forum. Forms must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, 17 September 2012.

Supporters can also submit their applications in writing. Simply provide all the information requested by the below form and post to Fans' Forum, Everton Football Club, Goodison Park, Liverpool. L4 4EL. 

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