Fan power in action

Dons Trust Chair Matt Breach and Vice-Chair Mark Davis look back on the role that DT members and AFC Wimbledon supporters – plus one or two others – have played in bringing the Dons home.

 

This week’s news about the new stadium is a proud moment for us all. It really does look as if AFC Wimbledon, the fans-owned club formed from the ashes of Wimbledon FC, is going to pull off a coup that our predecessor and its multi-millionaire..

A new national fans’ organisation?

Significant discussions are currently being held about whether the two best-known national supporter groups can continue with their separate identities or should combine forces under one banner, writes Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer.

In 1999, the government’s Football Task Force delivered its findings. The two fans’ bodies that existed at the time, the National Federation of Football Supporters’ Clubs and the Football Supporters’ Association, merged in 2002 to form the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF). That same period saw the..

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..

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..

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..

Changes to the Dons Trust secretariat

Dons Trust chair Matthew Breach has news of recent changes to the make-up of the secretariat, which provides essential support to the Dons Trust Board.

The Dons Trust recently advertised for people to fill roles within the secretariat, the body of volunteers who support the Dons Trust Board in undertaking its work in the areas of governance, compliance, organisation and communication.

The secretariat is led by the Dons Trust Secretary, a post that had been filled very capably by Rob..

The Dons Trust membership survey

One of the roles of Dons Trust Board member Matt Spriegel is to encourage membership among fans in the 16–35 age group. Here he has details of the upcoming membership survey.

In the coming days, the Dons Trust will be sending out our membership survey to all existing members, as well as posting it on the Trust’s Twitter feed and on the club’s Twitter feed, in order to make sure that as many Dons fans as possible – Trust members..