Final report of the Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement
On 19th January 2016, the Government released its final report from the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Supporter Ownership and Engagement that was established by the Minister for Sport in October 2014.
Blues Trust welcomes the report that contains a number of recommendations which are designed to assist supporter ownership including opportunities to bid in an insolvency process, and additional funding set aside to help supporters’ trusts to prepare an ownership bid, when suitable opportunities arise. You can read a copy of the full report (36 pages) in pdf format here.
The EWG was tasked with making recommendations to the government and the core was made up of representatives from:
- The FA
- The Premier League
- The Football League
- The National League
- Supporters Direct (SD)
- Football Supporters Federation (FSF)
- Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)
Supporters Direct (SD) has welcomed publication of the report as a “step forward” with the potential to mark the start of a new era of meaningful dialogue between supporters and football clubs if the recommendations are implemented effectively.You can read more from the SD statements here and here. You can read more of the FSF statement here. Blues Trust will be studying the report fully to establish what steps we may need to take going forward.