What we are...
Democratic – The Board
running the organisation must be democratic, subject to regular
elections, regular meetings and communicating with the members
Critical Friends – We
should avoid knee-jerk solutions and statements, and simple
oppositional. Where the club is doing well, we should not be afraid to
say so. When we are doing poorly, we should also point this out, but in
a constructive way, offering solutions rather than just criticism.
Seeking Ownership – Trusts
want to have ownership of as much as the club as is feasible, and
should be looking to extend this to the maximum it is sensible to
pursue at any given time. They want to cement their rights into the
fabric of the club, by being involved at the basic level of legal
Seeking Involvement –
Trusts want involvement at the highest levels. This does not mean they
will not comment on more mundane matters, but they should always be
stressing that theirs is a vision that is as much strategic as
Formalised – Trusts
want to build relationships and understand the value of good personal
contacts, but also wish to cement their involvement in the structures
of the club. They recognise that involvement based solely on the good
relationship with existing club officials is vulnerable as those
officials often leave the club.
Not-for-profit – None of
the people involved gain financially from their involvement at the
Trust; they are keen to stress that their involvement is a function of
being committed to the values underpinning the Trust, not personal
Inclusive – Anyone can join
the Trust, as long as they are a fan of the club, and share the values
underpinning it. They have no truck with sectarianism, racism,
xenophobia or other forms of discrimination.
Sustainable- The vision
underpinning them is medium-to-long term. Their platform is about how
the club can be run in the future and be a better club for it.
What we are not...
Single-issue protest group
– Whilst issues might arise which a Trust takes a position on, they
always relate their stance to a wider vision. If a group has, for
example, a desire to remove the current Chairman or President, then
once they have achieved this aim, they lose momentum and fade away. In
addition, totemic issues like this tend to polarise as much as unite.
Fundraising Body - Trusts
often raise money to enable them to buy shares in the club, but they do
not simply hand the money over to the club. They ensure that they get
something in return, over and above the goodwill of having given the
club money. It needs to be remembered that a supporters’ trust is
different to a clubs Official Supporters Club whose aims are to raise
funds for the club.