Walsall Football Supporters' Trust and why do we
need a Trust at Walsall Football Club?
Supporters' Trust is a supporter organisation set up
to help strengthen bonds between Walsall Football
Club, its supporters and the local community for
which the club serves, to act as a representative
voice for ALL supporters of Walsall Football Club
and to help protect the future of 'our' club and its
assets if the need arises in years to come.
It was once said
that 'A Supporters Trust will only ever really
be needed when a football club is in a time of
crisis'. We hope that is never the case at
Walsall, but just in case, we aim to have everything
in place should the unexpected ever happen.
Who owns the
The Trust is
owned by and run by its members, each of whom own
one equal share in the Trust itself and therefore,
as shareholders of Walsall Football Club Limited, a
steak in the club. The Trust is run by a
democratically elected and co-opted board of
volunteers who oversee the day-to-day running of and
financial stability of the Trust in the best
interests of its members.
Why do you
charge a membership fee to join the Trust?
The Trust charge
a nominal membership fee with prices starting from
just £2 per year, cheaper than a pie or a pint at
just one match. The first £1 from each fee paid is
to cover the purchase of your share in the Trust
itself with the remaining balance being put towards
the Trusts annual fees to both Supporters Direct and
the Financial Conduct Authority, the Trusts
governing organisations. Any money remaining
thereafter may be put towards the day-to-day running
of the Trust or could be added to any donation made
to our chosen charity or worthy cause.
How does a
Supporters Trust differ from a Supporters Club?
As a Trust, we have a legal constitution which
allows us to raise funds to invest on behalf of our
members into the safeguarding of the Club, be it
through the purchase of shares, the purchase of
assets or land, or in the worst case scenario, the
purchase of the Club itself should it be required;
none of which would be sanctioned by the Trust Board
without the backing of our members via majority vote
at a General or Special General Meeting.
Who can be a
member of the Trust?
Membership is open to any individual aged 16 years
or over or to any firm, business, group,
organisation or likewise by way of a nominated
representative providing they agree to, adhere to
and are in compliance with the
Trust Rules and their accompanying side
How do I join?
Full membership details and a link to a downloadable
Membership Application Form can be found under the
Membership menu on the navigation bar at the top of
each page of this website.
Can I cancel
my membership to the Trust once I've joined?
Although we hope you never see a reason to, your
membership to the Trust can be cancelled at anytime
in writing (by hand or electronically) to the
Secretary of the Trust by giving 28 days notice of
cancellation. Once your membership is cancelled,
your share in the Trust will be revoked and returned
to the ownership of the Trust. It may not be sold to
or transferred to any third party. Under no
circumstances will any refund be given (in part or
whole) for any membership fees already paid.
How can I get
more information before I make up my mind?
If you still require further information, please
feel free to contact us via our online form
here, or by emailing us at
firstname.lastname@example.org; a member
of the Board will be only to happy to answer any
questions you may have.