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Working Group on Supporter Involvement Concludes

Date: 3rd May 2017

SD Scotland have received formal notification from the Minister for Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, that the Working Group on Supporter Involvement in the Governance and Ownership of Clubs has concluded. 

The letter from the Minister states:

“The Scottish Government is committed to the principle that supporters should have a role in decision-making – or even ownership when the opportunity arises”

“I welcome the progress that has been made, particularly in relation to the establishment of Club Development Scotland by Supporters Direct Scotland”

The letter goes on to state that quick access to reasonably-priced capital – rather than rights enshrined in law – remain the most significant barrier to supporter or community ownership of clubs, or realisation of community assets to deliver wider outcomes.

The group was established to progress the issue of fan/community involvement in football clubs and to identify, consider and provide recommendations on potential ways to increase and improve supporter involvement in the governance, financing and operation of professional football clubs in Scotland in order to ensure fans can be actively involved in decision-making and supporting the long term sustainability of their club.

SD Scotland are currently examining solutions to the issue of capital for community groups and hope to report news soon regarding developments. We’re grateful for the acknowledgement of our work developing Club Development Scotland which so far has delivered work for Annan Athletic FC and St Mirren Supporters Trust however are aware more work is required so that supporters have the suitable opportunities to input into their clubs. We hope through the Scottish Supporters Network and our work promoting supporter involvement, we can make some progress in this field.

The Final Report can be found here.

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