Report into supporter engagement unveiled

A government-backed report into supporter ownership and engagement was launched at the Cherry Red Records Stadium yesterday (January 19).

The report was produced by an Expert Working Group that encompassed representatives from a number of supporter organisations, including the Dons Trust.

Its launch at the ground was attended by national media and the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch.

The report aims to improve fan engagement through:

  • New opportunities for supporters to bid to own their football clubs in an insolvency situation
  • The introduction of regular structured engagement between clubs and supporters, endorsed by the League
  • Clubs meeting with a representative group of supporters at least twice a year
  • An additional £1 million of funding proposed from the Premier League for supporter groups on ownership and related issues, and access to emergency funding to help supporters fund bid costs when drawing up ownership bids

Dons Trust Chair Matthew Breach welcomed the Expert Working Group’s report.

Matthew said: ‘The Trust was represented during this activity by former board member Zoe Linkson and we very pleased to be asked to contribute.

‘Several key recommendations have been derived that we believe will make it much easier for supporter organisations to be fully engaged with their club and, when desired, to be able to take ownership.’

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