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Club Development Scotland: The Well Society – Fan Ownership at Motherwell FC One Year On

Date: 22nd March 2018

As part of a new series of videos for our consultancy arm Club Development Scotland – we visited members The Well Society to hear more about their ownership of Motherwell FC one year on.

Motherwell FC were the first club in the top flight of Scottish football to be owned by their supporters when The Well Society took on ownership of the club in 2016. Here we explore the impact their ownership has made to the club.

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Club Development Scotland is a one-stop resource for clubs of any size and scale to help them best govern and develop their activities.

Alongside our guidelines, we offer a range of services to sport clubs of all shapes and sizes (and across a number of sports) to help them achieve their aims and objectives.

Club Development Scotland is an extension of the work that has been delivered throughout England and Wales by Supporters Direct (Club Development) and was also partly been formed from a recommendation from the ‘Supporter Involvement in Football Governance’ Report which came from a Working Group involving Supporters Direct, the Scottish FA, the SPFL, SportScotland and the Scottish Government.

Club Development Scotland is the consultancy arm of Supporters Direct Scotland, a membership organisation created to address the disconnect between football clubs and supporters.

Supporters Direct is the leading organisation working with and promoting sports clubs with community involvement in their ownership and governance structures and is a member of the Scottish FA’s Congress as a supporters representative.

We’ve help set up over 30 Supporters Trust and assisted in the conversion of several clubs into community ownership.

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