First Women at the Game Fixture!

The Dons Trust is hosting it’s first Women at the Game event at the pre-season friendly against Championship side QPR on Saturday 14 July (3.00 pm kick-off).

The idea is to encourage women who might not be sure about attending a football match to give it a go and see just how much fun it is! There will be a fantastic team of volunteers to welcome you, ensuring that it’s a safe, enjoyable and fun experience on the day. Before..

Watch a game with Women at the Game

Dons fan Anna Slade interviewed some other women fans on a recent match day to find out why they love watching football at AFC Wimbledon – and what they would say to any potential female AFC Wimbledon fans out there.

Young or old, male or female – whatever our personal history, football unites us all. At AFC Wimbledon, we like to think that, regardless of their background, gender, race or religious belief, everyone feels welcome to watch live games..

Player Development Centre Holiday Courses

AFC Wimbledon Foundation‘s holiday courses create a fun and friendly environment for children aged between 4-13 years at Wimbledon Park.

Sessions are based on developing the core skills of football, ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting and providing opportunities to implement them in match play.

All Foundation coaches are FA qualified and hold up to date First aid, safeguarding and DBS checks. 

AFC Wimbledon players and Haydon the Womble mascot will attend the sessions weekly and free tickets for the first..

Roger and out

Roger Dennis reflects on his role as Junior Dons co-ordinator as he steps aside to take a well-earned break after volunteering and supporting the JDs for 16 years.

From its inception, the Trust has aimed to engage with young supporters and potential supporters. The decision to set up the Junior Dons was quickly made, and I agreed to take charge of the project. The result has been hugely enjoyable. Many of the current features of JD membership were agreed straight..

An opportunity to press for safe standing

Dons Trust members will be aware that football stadia are required by law to be all-seated in the Premiership and Championship.  A number of attempts have been made to lobby the Government to change this legislation but, to date, the Government has been unwilling to do so.  A petition has recently been launched for this legislation to be changed, so as to allow for safe standing in the Premiership and Championship. If it reaches 100,000 signatures (and, at time of writing,..

Engage!

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer is a co-opted member of the Board of Supporters Direct, and here summarises a recent publication by them aimed at improving clubs’ engagement with fans.

As part of their work to encourage the formation and sustainable operation of supporters’ trusts and fans-owned clubs in England and Wales, Supporters Direct produces publications that aim to be of benefit to both clubs and supporters. Recently, they issued Engage! How Clubs Can Win with Football Supporters, which..

Club enters into mediation process suggested by EFL

The English Football League (EFL) has issued a press release announcing that the Club has agreed to enter into mediation to seek a long-term resolution to the issues for which it was charged late in 2017. The charges are set out in the EFL statement.

After consulting the Dons Trust board the football club board has agreed to enter into the mediation process suggested by the EFL. Both boards agreed that the Club should participate because we believe that continuing as we..

A unified fans’ organisation

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer is an elected member of the National Council of the Football Supporters’ Federation and a co-opted member of the Board of Supporters Direct. Here is his update on progress being made to set up a single representative body for English (and Welsh) football supporters.

Almost six months ago, I reported on the early stages of a move to set up a new body to incorporate both the campaigning ethos of the Football Supporters’ Federation..

Engaging the fanbase

Cormac van der Hoeven, who joined the Dons Trust Board at the end of last year, believes that the Trust must look to extend its appeal to more – and younger – fans.

“With completion must come renewal.”

The Dons Trust (DT), led until recently by Matt Breach and now by Mark Davis – has been instrumental in supporting our historic return to Plough Lane. With that move will come a form of completion: within nine years of re-forming we had..

SGM 26th April

The first Dons Trust SGM of 2018 will be held at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm.

All DT members welcome.

The DTB will be discussing with members how DTB business is being organised this year and will also be unveiling a new logo for members’ approval.

The meeting will provide members with an opportunity to contribute to discussion about Trust and Club matters. Papers for the meeting can be found here.

There will be a break during which the..