Question of the Week
What should happen to the EFL Trophy next season?
By: Bill Osborne
Supporters Direct was set up in 2000 by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to promote the establishment and development of supporters' trusts as a means of giving football supporters a greater say in how their club is run.
Philosophy and Aims
Influence - The formation and running of representative bodies for supporters.
Ownership - The acquisition of shares in the football club to pool the voting power of individual supporters to further the aims and objects of the Supporters' Trust.
Representation - Securing the democratic election of supporters' representatives to the Boards of Directors of individual football clubs.
By these means we hope to improve the health of the whole football industry.
Criteria for eligibility
To qualify for the assistance of Supporters Direct, supporters' groups must be:
Democratic in their structures and in the way they run their affairs; must be open to all fans to join, at an affordable cost; and broadly representative of supporters.
The result of all this is that:
We can help by
There is a great deal more to know about Supporters Direct. I have just given a limited overview of who they are and what they do.
To get a complete overview you can visit their website which also contains a library and information and advice for each step of the way.
Please bookmark their website at www.supporters-direct.org
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