On the national scene – Swansea Trust joins Government Working Group

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The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust has accepted an invitation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to join its group looking at fan involvement at Football Clubs, as an expert witness.

The Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert group is the Government’s response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee Football Governance Inquiry (2011) and subsequent reports which recommended that there was a need to set up an expert working group to explore the barriers to increased supporter ownership and provide solutions.

The Swans Trust has been invited to attend all meetings of the Group, joining representatives from Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon and Wrexham Supporters Trusts whose clubs are run by supporters.

The Group, which will have its first meeting in London later this month, has representatives on it from Government, the Premier League, The FA, the Football League, The Football Conference, Supporters Direct, and the Football Supporters’ Federation. The Group will look at removing barriers to clubs becoming community-owned assets, when opportunities arise for that to be a sustainable and viable option, and with seeing what more can be done to help supporters groups have stronger links with the executives and owners running clubs. The Group will make recommendations to government, reporting into the Sports Minister, Helen Grant.

From Supporters Direct website  – for more see http://www.supporters-direct.org/news-article/swansea-trust-accepts-invite-to-join-government-working-group

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