MPs progress report on football fan involvement in clubs

A progress report one year on from the report of the Government Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement has been published by the UK Department of Media, Culture & Suport (DCMS).

The report highlights good examples of club/supporter involvement:

“Some good examples where club leader/supporter engagement is improving include at Stoke City FC, where the established supporters Council meets about four times per season as a full Council, with smaller groups established to look at specific topics. The Chief Executive attends all meetings. The minutes are placed on the club website.

“Similarly, at Doncaster Rovers FC, where following the Expert Working Group’s recommendation, the supporters group has now evolved to become the Supporters Board. Representatives from all sections of the supporter base (including the Supporters’ Trust) now attend once a month with the Chief Executive chairing the meeting, accompanied by senior staff members. Supporter representatives now cover a broader base than before, including more women, disabled and young members. The minutes of these meetings are also published on the club’s website.

“At Fulham FC, the Fulham Supporters’ Trust sends a delegation from the Trust Board to a monthly meeting with the Chief Executive (and other club officials as appropriate). The club recognises the suitability of the Trust for structured dialogue with the clubs supporters, with the Trust able to raise any items of significance and the notes published and widely distributed. This structured relationship has greatly increased communication and trust between the club and Fulham supporters.”