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Increasing strength of Trusts in Football

Increasing recognition of a defining change

The growing strength and power of the Supporters' Trust movement is being increasingly recognised throughout the Game (and beyond).

York City is at the forefront of these developments and the united efforts of its supporters are being watched by many.

In the recent ippr publication, Trust in Football (see www.ippr.org.uk), Supporters' Direct Dave Boyle writes:
"The trust is not just there to save the club, but to ensure it does not happen again. In the first instance, that means an end to single owners who do as they please. It means decision-making by a collective body, discussing ideas and submitting them to analysis. It also means accountability and oversight, with the ability to bring about change through proper structures rather than regime change through demonstrations after a match."

Boyle goes on to say...
"With that power comes responsibility, and that is what will be the defining change brought about by trusts if they are successful. Fans have a choice: to allow their football clubs to be the plaything for the vacarious dreams of millionaires or to be commonly owned community assets where they take responsibility. The price of making sure that the club is never again run into the ground, or the ground is turned into housing, is that the club stands or falls on the united efforts of its supporters."

 
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