The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement has issued a call for evidence on the barriers to increasing supporter ownership and engagement in clubs.
The Expert Working Group was launched in October and met for the first time on November 25th. The call for evidence aims to identify current legal, financial, tax and insolvency barriers preventing greater collective supporter share ownership of football clubs.
The group is calling for expert evidence from supporter groups and from the sectors and industries involved outlining experience and opinion on which current football rules and regulations and/or statutory law create barriers to supporter ownership of football clubs.
The group would also like to receive ideas and opinion on any suggested changes to existing regulation or legislation which would support, sustain and incentivise greater collective supporter and community ownership of football clubs.
The call for evidence also covers supporter involvement in governance of football clubs, and invites suggestions of best practice or ways to sustain and increase broader supporter engagement at football clubs in England and Wales.
Further details of the Call for Evidence, and the online process for submitting evidence can be found via this link. CTWD will be submitting a response.
The deadline for the submission of evidence is 9th January 2015. The group will meet to discuss and review the evidence in January and February next year, and will deliver initial recommendations by March 2015, and a full report later in 2015.