THE Scottish Government’s Sport and Commonwealth Games Secretary, Shona Robison, has this week announced the formation of an “independent working group that will look at how we can increase and improve fans involvement within football clubs.”
Chaired by Stephen Morrow – a senior lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling – it will have representation from the SFA, SPFL and Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS), with others to be appointed as appropriate.
Community ownership of football clubs and increased fan engagement in Scottish football has made significant progress in recent months, as Sonstrust members will hear at our AGM on Saturday 26th April, starting at 1pm in the Community Suite at the Bet Butler Stadium.
Several Scottish football clubs have already embraced fan ownership in recent years including Clyde, Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic, Motherwell, Stirling Albion and Stranraer which all now have forms of community or supporter control.
Hearts FC are on the verge of introducing a similar structure after creditors agreed the sale of shares to chairwoman Ann Budge, who plans to transfer ownership to fans’ group Foundation of Hearts.
Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who was leading the member’s debate on Fan Ownership of Football Clubs, welcomed Ms Robison’s announcement can called for an “ambitious mandate” and for the group to look at “radical recommendations”.
She also pointed to a new poll which showed 87% of those asked support properly constituted fan bodies, such as trusts, having right of first refusal if their club comes up for sale, or when it goes into administration.
The research also reports 72% would support a right to buy their local club for a market value at any time.
IT’S all happening at the Rock this coming Saturday, with Sons’ final home game of the season against Hamilton Accies, our Swiss fans due to turn out in numbers… and some special guests and features at our AGM.
Annual General Meetings don’t always sound the most exciting of events — but we can promise that our upcoming AGM before the Accies game (1pm to 2.15pm in the Community Suite on Saturday 26th April) will be really worth attending.
First, we are delighted that both Paul Goodwin (pictured) and Andrew Jenkin from Supporters Direct Scotland and Scottish Fans will be joining us. They will be giving us a visual update on the really positive news about moves in Scotland and beyond towards more community owned, supporter-involving football clubs.
Second, there will be a presentation and Q&A from the Trust Board about issues to do with Dumbarton FC’s progress on and off the field, including a couple of important announcements about fresh initiatives for the coming season.
Third, remember you can enjoy a drink from the bar as well as joining in the meeting!
(The players will be having lunch in the Community Suite immediately before our AGM, but we will aim to get going as soon as possible, so please arrive for a prompt start. All are welcome, but only Trust members can vote at the meeting.)
Please COME ALONG, get INFORMED, and HAVE YOUR SAY!
Trust member Sean Stewart had the difficult task of choosing our DFC man of the match against Alloa Athletic last Saturday. With the team outstanding in every department resulting in a resounding 4-1 win, Sean settled on Paul McGinn as his choice.
McGinn’s performance stood out with marauding forward runs and timely tackles – well done Paul.
REPRESENTATIVES of the Sonstrust Board met with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dumbarton FC on Saturday 5th April 2014, along with director John Kane, for a very positive conversation about how the Club can continue to match success on the pitch with strengthening our position off it.
The commitment to work closely together was reaffirmed, together with central importance of ensuring that the interests of the Club, its supporters and the local community remain central to any future developments, which remain open possibilities at present.
“We are extremely positive about the opportunities that lie ahead for Dumbarton FC and we are delighted that the Club sees the trust and the involvement of supporters as an important part of the future. We look forward to the further conversation and engagement we agreed,” said Sonstrust chairman Brian Payne, who was present at the meeting, along with communications and projects officer Simon Barrow and trust director Alan Findlay.
THE trust travel supporters bus to Dundee on 3rd May is now FULL.
But, fear not we are planning a second bus and bookings can be taken in the normal fashion, viz :
1. Phone Tommy H on 07710 771341
2. Send an e-mail to email@example.com
3. Leave a comment on this post
We do though need at least 40 confirmed bookings; this will guarantee a second bus will ‘run’.
So, as ever, over to you guys!