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Hi all

 

Just thought id do a bit of promotion (with permission!) about something that may be of some interest to you all.

The first Chelsea Supporters Trust has just launched its offical website http://www.chelseasupporterstrust.com , and you may want to take a look.

The trust is being set up by some very loyal and prominent fans and whilst I wont go into details (you can see it all for yourselves on the website) it looks like being a very worthy movement. This season more than any other has shown just how important it is that the fans of Chelsea have a voice and the aims are simple enough -  make the fans voice heard.

I know from speaking to some of the people involved this is a very serious venture and the the Club itself is well aware of the formation - in fact there has already been a meeting with Gourlay at Stamford Bridge. So take a look - I know this type of thing isnt for everyone but i think its going to take off and it may be of interest to some of you. Its not something I normally go in for but from speaking to those involved I know how serious they are and I think its important that they are offered as much encouragement as possible.

 

The formal launch is next Saturday after the Wigan 2-2 draw and Ill be there to take a look and hear what they have to say. As I understand registrations will be open after the launch and details of the venue are on the website and youll see they have a very special guest there too - if its good enough for King Kerry its certainly worth an hour of my time too!

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Here is the offical press release. Ive attached the full document, and a flyer to this post.

 

 

 

The Chelsea Supporters Trust - Make Your Voice Heard!


 

Saturday 9th February 17.45 (after the Wigan game)
CIU club, 71, Britannia Road, SW6 2JR (3 minutes from ground)


 

Launch Meeting with special guest: Kerry Dixon

 

Fed up with Chelsea fans having no effective dialogue with the club?


 

Frustrated that decisions that affect you are made with little or no supporter input?


 

Want to be part of a democratically elected, fully accountable supporter’s organisation?


 

Well, now is the chance to do something about it. The Chelsea Supporters Trust has now done all the boring but necessary legal stuff and will be open for membership from Saturday 9th February (after the Wigan game).  Aha, I hear you ask, why do we need a Trust when there are already a number of Chelsea supporters organisations?


 

We believe there are significant advantages to Trust membership, including:-


 

  • All members get the chance to democratically participate, with regular meetings, annual elections and one person, one vote built into the constitution (which has recently been approved by the Financial Services Authority) – thereby ensuring the elected board is held to account;


 

  • Members decide on Trust priorities and campaigns;


 

  • Membership is open to all supporters in the UK. Affiliation is open to all supporters groups as well as fanzines, websites, podcasts, blogs etc.;


 

  • There is a credibility that comes with being part of a wider, more powerful network of supporters trusts (most PL clubs have one) and the liaison with Supporters Direct;


 

  • The opportunity to actively hold the club to account with professional representation e.g. the opportunity to interpret and explain club accounts etc to members;


 

  • The opportunity to build close links with the local community (residents, businesses, charities, local authorities etc);


 

  • Regular communication with members through newsletters, social media etc. Social events (quizzes etc.);


 

  • The Trust has met with club executives and has already been granted membership of the Fans Forum from 2013/14. We will also be working to have a more effective, on-going, two-way dialogue with the club.


 

What does the Chelsea Supporters Trust aim to achieve?


 

Our current objectives include:-


 

  • Build better communication channels between club and supporters


 

  • Work to improve the reputation of the club with the media


 

  • Build an effective working relationship with the Supporters Liaison Officer;


 

  • Improve two way communication for the benefit of supporters and the Club and build effective relationships with other stakeholders, including the local community;


 

  • Actively promote sale of CPO shares to supporters;


 

  • To have an elected supporters’ representative on the CPO board;


 

  • To have an elected supporters representative on the board of Chelsea Football Club in the long term


 

To join the Chelsea Supporters Trust, or find out more about it, you are invited to our launch meeting.

 

CSTrust flyer final.doc

Launch Meeting Press release.doc

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Thanks for the info. I've got the link bookmarked and will be signing up either tomorrow or Monday.

 

But not today. Reason being that I've woken up with Somebody Else's hangover. Oh yes.

 

 

Could be a good little money earner there, Tommy!

 

Your hangover will be mine for a tenner!  Or should it be more?

 

P.S,. sorry, bjd, I forgot to say I have joined and paid the fiver for voting rights.

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What';s the differernce between Chelsea SUpporters Trust and Chelsea Supporters Group (http://www.chelseasupportersgroup.net) ?

 

Got this from the q&a on their site. Lots of other questions you may have about this type of thing answered there too. I thought it was interesting to read as im certainly no expert on this stuff.

 

 

Why form a Trust? How does it differ from an Independent Supporters Association or supporters' club?

It's SD's belief that an Industrial and Provident

Society (IPS) offers the best way forward for supporters' groups as its

legal assets can be owned 'corporately' in a group rather than being

vested in individuals. Members also get the benefit of limited liability

(and so do the elected officers in most cases) - members are only

liable for £1 if anything goes wrong - for example, if the Trust is

sued.

It's democratic and not-for-profit and states clearly

and boldly that a key aim is the securing of representation and

strengthening the links between club and community. It's got the 'big

idea' that helps get an organisation off the ground - the idea at the

heart is "why always be criticising, when we can be participating and

communicating - we think we can bring huge benefits to the club, so give

us a chance".

Finally, the people who get involved in a trust as

members know that their money is protected; it can't be spent on

anything other than what the constitution says, and anyone who does this

can be taken to court.

An IPS imposes certain disciplines on a group that

can only be a good thing - democracy, accountability and transparency,

and this can only reinforce the points you make. Basically, it comes

down to what you want a body to do. A trust, constituted as an IPS stays

in existence until its members decide to dissolve it, and so they have

greater ability to stay around. Often, ISA's go into a lull when key

individuals become inactive. All these are of course applicable to a

trust, but the disciplines we mention above make it more likely that

weaknesses are identified and rectified. For starters, the act of

becoming an IPS is a collaborative effort so you need a good team from

the off.

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I have joined and paid the 5 pound annual fee for voting rights.  You can join free but then don't get to vote.  What's more there is a real person answering emails even at this time of night on a Saturday!  I let him know I was from the Shed End and that it was here that I learned about the Trust.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I understand Roman is keeping a very close eye on this development. He will not tolerate the idea of fan-power.

 

You have been warned. Anyone who signs their name to this may end up in the Gulags or waiting tables with you know who.

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I understand Roman is keeping a very close eye on this development. He will not tolerate the idea of fan-power.

 

You have been warned. Anyone who signs their name to this may end up in the Gulags or waiting tables with you know who.

What's interesting about this post Just, is that when Roman first took over and they started playing the Russian music before games that everyone was expected to clap and sing along to.  My dad and I didn't join in, primarily because we were a little concerned at what the Russian's intentions were, and also because we were there to support our club, that he had become part of - we weren't there to support him.  Anyway, we got quized a few times on why we didn't join in but it was a long standing joke amongst the group we used to sit with that his goons would come knocking one day.  Seemed far fetched and amusing at the time........

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bjd, or anyone else, did you go on Saturday, and if so, can you report back?

 

I couldnt get in! By the time i got to the CIU the doors had been long shut due to the crowds. I have to say i was surprised at the choice of venue as i knew it would be popular, but hey ho.

 

Im waiting on a write up from one of the organisers (which ill post) but it seems to have gone down well and it looks like its going to be a proper movement. I understand KD was drinking with the fans long inito the evening!

 

Ive joined now, and if you can spare £5 i think all Chelsea fans should too.

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A report here. http://chelseasupporterstrust.blogspot.co.uk/ This really does sound very worthwhile.

 

Ive joined as a member but i wonder if its worth the forum clubbing in and buying an affilate membership ? One for the top men to decide!

Worthy cause though it undoubtedly is, I'm not so sure how practical it would be, or how advisable, to ask members of this forum to contribute to the membership of another site or organisation, when this site itself isn't exactly on the most secure financial foothold.

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Worthy cause though it undoubtedly is, I'm not so sure how practical it would be, or how advisable, to ask members of this forum to contribute to the membership of another site or organisation, when this site itself isn't exactly on the most secure financial foothold.

 

I havent asked anyone to do anything.

 

 It was simply a suggestion, one that would then give the forum a voice as a whole. Youre right I guess, but it was no more than a thought.

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I havent asked anyone to do anything.

 

 It was simply a suggestion, one that would then give the forum a voice as a whole. Youre right I guess, but it was no more than a thought.

Yes of course, and a very worthy suggestion too. But I would imagine that the priority for those running the Shed End would be to get the finances for this site in order.

 

If sufficient funds can be found to finance both, then so much the better.

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  • 2 months later...

I just listened to the meeting from Sunday & I was very happy about what I heard. Meeting w/ the Board & the Board taking the Trust seriously. We need to keep the momentum & get more CFC fans to participate in the Trust.

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