Rail Football Forum

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer reports on his role as a member of the Rail Football Forum, which seeks to improve the experience of all football fans travelling to matches by rail.

An unexpected duty in my role on the National Council of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) is to attend meetings of the Rail Football Forum as a supporter representative, together with officers from British Transport Police and their security counterparts from the various rail operators (known as..

Announcement of Charles Williams as DTB with Youth Engagement Priority

The Dons Trust Board is delighted to announce that Charles Williams has been co-opted onto the board, in succession to Matt Spriegel, with a brief to boost DT engagement with fans in the 16–35 age bracket.

Charles responded to the original advert last year and just missed out on the appointment at that time. When Matt had to stand down earlier this year the Dons Trust Board agreed that youth engagement remained a priority and agreed to contact Charles to..

One Direction? Our Direction! The Dons Trust Board Election 2017

Would you like to play an active role in setting the strategic direction for our club? Could you hold the club’s executives to account on behalf of Dons Trust members? Then read on …

“It’s just satisfying to be part of the progress, and the story and the success of making a really great club even greater. You get a huge amount out of it, so I’d encourage people to stand.” Continuing Board member speaking on the 9Yrs Podcast

As we all..

The Supporters Summit 2017

Board Member Jane Lonsdale reports on this year’s Supporters Summit, hosted jointly by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation and held at St George’s Park over the weekend of 1 and 2 July.

The annual two-day Supporters Summit is a great opportunity to learn more and to network with members of other supporters’ trusts. The sessions I attended included ones on clubs in crisis, preventing child abuse in football, and ticket pricing in the EFL.

Clubs in crisis  With..

Event organiser required for Junior Dons Christmas Party

The Dons Trust is looking for a volunteer to oversee, organise and run the annual Junior Dons (JDs) Christmas Party.

Jane Lonsdale, who has been running the event for the last 5 years is seeking a volunteer to take on the event. There is already a well-established template for how the JDs’ Christmas Party works that can be followed, but innovation is also welcomed if you have ideas for how to improve on previous parties. Jane is available to provide..

August’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular monthly meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Thursday, August 10. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summaries the main points that were discussed.

This meeting started with apologies for absence from Nigel Higgs and Erik Samuelson.  Matt Breach  (the DTB Chair) opened the meeting noting that the draft minutes from July’s Board meetings had only been circulated earlier this week, so that DTB members had not had..

Helping girls’ grassroots football

Michael Ross, Chair of the Morden Girls League, describes how the Dons Trust has contributed to this community-based initiative.

The Morden Girls League provides free football for girls aged from 13 to 16 throughout south-west London, and it is hugely grateful to the Dons Trust for their financial support over the years. It is just the sort of grassroots community initiative that the DT is there to help.

The League celebrates its 21st birthday this season. It is run entirely..

Membership Survey Results

At the end of last season, the Dons Trust Board asked fans – both Trust members and non-members – to complete a survey. Board member Colin Dipple has been looking at the results. 

Five months ago, the Dons Trust surveyed fans to gather views on DT membership, barriers to membership and what additional benefits people would like to see introduced. We invited current DT members (and lapsed members) as well as non-members to complete the survey, which was also advertised..

Videos from August SGM

Following the SGM on 31st August, the videos taken at the meeting are now available on the Videos tab in Webjam.  The meeting covered:

An update on the Stadium from Erik Samuelson A readout from the EFL meeting in Portugal that Matt Breach attended on behalf of the club An update from Colin Dipple following the membership survey earlier in the year A Q&A session If you are a Trust member but haven’t yet registered to use Webjam please email webmaster@thedonstrust.org who..

July’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular monthly meeting at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Thursday, July 13. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, Hannah Kitcher summarises the main points that were discussed.

The DTB were joined by club chief executive Erik Samuelson, who gave an update on the tendering process for the build of the new stadium and the rationale behind the FCB’s recommendation of preferred tenderer. The selection was ratified by the DTB subject to..