What is a Supporters Trust?
Supporters' Trusts are registered with the Financial Services
Authority (the responsibilities of the Registrar of Friendly Societies have been
brought under the control of the FSA)
How Does a Trust Work?
Everything that a Trust
does is guided and controlled by its Constitution. This Constitution is
directly based on the Model Rules for the Football Community Mutual,
drawn up by Cobbettes Solicitors (Manchester) and sponsored by the
co-operative Union for Supporters Direct.
What is Supporters Direct?
Supporters Direct is now based at 15 Bowling Green Lane,
London, and also in Scotland. It was established
in 2000 by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to promote the
establishment and development of Supporters Trusts as a means of giving
football supporters a greater say in how their club is run.
What is the Role of Supporters Direct?
Its aim is to offer support,
advice and information to groups of supporters who wish to play a
responsible part in the life of the club they support.
Supporters Direct has so far helped set up
and support 130 supporters’ trusts in England, Wales and Scotland.
What is the National Picture?
Currently there are 130 established Supporters Trusts representing supporters right
through the football pyramid from clubs such as Manchester United, right
down to small clubs such as Bromsgrove Rovers.
What do Trusts’ do?
For those of you who haven’t heard much about the supporters’ trust
movement here are some facts from Supporters Direct, their umbrella
clubs – from League One Chesterfield to newly reformed Clydebank in Scottish
Junior Football – are owned and controlled by their supporters’ trusts.
62 trusts – from Manchester United to Notts
County – have a significant shareholding in their football clubs.
39 Trusts – from Aberdeen, to the first –
Northampton Town – have supporter representatives on the boards of
their football clubs. This applies to near neighbours at Chester
Supporters’ trusts have
bought over £11m of investment into the game since Supporters Direct was
founded in 2000
115,000 people from across England,
Wales and Scotland are members of supporters’ trusts.
ownership works: among many others, three of the most successful clubs in
European football since the 1960s – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich –
are all owned and controlled by their fans.
Lincoln City; are part-owned by their trust and have announced profits of £750,000!