Looking out for the fans

Dons Trust Board Chair Matthew Breach explains some of the “outward-facing” work that the Trust is involved with and why it is so important.

Most of the time that the Dons Trust Board (DTB) spends together (a regular monthly meeting plus a number of ad hoc meetings for specific issues) is devoted to the club, concentrating on implementing our strategic oversight of the Football Club Board (FCB) on issues such as football, finances, youth development, commercial operations and – particularly..

Young Trust members wanted for six-a-side charity match

The AFC Wimbledon Foundation is seeking Trust members aged 16-19 to take part in a charity football tournament on Saturday 21 October, before the Plymouth match.

At the match, the Foundation is hosting a group of young refugees who live in south-west London to and is putting together a six-a-side tournament for them as part of their day.

If you are aged 16-19 and fancy a match of your own before the first team takes on Plymouth, you can be..

Announcement of Election to fill five vacancies on the Trust Board

This Announcement of Election formally starts the election process to fill five vacancies on the Board of Wimbledon Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited (the Trust Board). 

If there is anything that is not clear, or anything that you would like to discuss, contact the Election Steering Group via elections@thedonstrust.org or on 07818 617 620.  John Dolan, who is chairing the Group this year, will do his best to help.

Vacancies

Five members’ two-year terms come to an end this year…

AFC Wimbledon Minithon 2017

Join AFC Wimbledon staff, players and supporters at the annual fundraising 5km fun run. 

It will again be staged at the Dons training ground, 35 Windsor Ave, New Malden, KT3 5EY, on Sunday October 1.

The training ground will open from 9 am with the first run starting at approximately 10 am.

Those taking part can run, jog or walk the 5km course and funds raised go to help all areas of the club, including the Academy, the Ladies and..

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..