Queens Trust Statement – Supporters Director Resolution

February 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The Queens Trust would like to thank The Dumfries Common Good Committee for giving their support for this item to be added to the agenda, thus giving the clubs owners, the 1,000 shareholders, the chance to vote on this issue. We would also like to thank the Doonhamers Travel Club, the New Bazaar Doonhamers, Devorgilla Doonhamers and the QOS Disabled Supporters Association for their backing of this motion. These groups and the Queens Trust have a combined membership of over 500 supporters. The Queens Trust is also grateful for the support of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, which has a membership of almost 67,000, and Supporters Direct Scotland.

Supporters are the lifeblood and heart of their club. It is common for football club Directors to be fans of the club but a Supporters Director is something quite different. This is a director who has been democratically elected by the supporters and who specifically aims to represent their views. Supporters are the key stakeholders of any club and are central to the clubs social and financial vibrancy.

Supporter involvement in clubs is increasing across Scottish Football through the election of Supporters Directors and through Supporter Ownership. Only last week Airdrie announced they will be looking to appoint a Supporters Director this summer with their Chairman saying ‘This is the future. Fan representation will become a bigger part of the Scottish game in seasons to come. It’s very important to me that this happens.’

If our resolution is successful the Queens Trust would hold an election to decide who amongst its members would take on the role of Supporters Director. Membership to the Queens Trust is open to all supporters and all members of the Trust would be invited to put themselves forward as a candidate. The winner of the election would take the Trusts position on the board.

At present attendances for Queen of the South are declining. This falling interest needs to be urgently addressed and a long term view adopted that focusses on increasing community support for the club. There is now a staggering amount of competition for people’s time and money. We believe that having a Supporters Director at the very heart of Queen of the South will help towards addressing these issues.

If we are successful at achieving a Supporters Director on the Board one of the key ambitions of the Trust is to open a community shop / museum in the town centre. We believe that this will be of great benefit to both the club and the town. The Trust has run two previous temporary shops in the town and the community showed lots of goodwill towards the club. Through a permanent presence in the heart of the town we would hope to increase the clubs visibility and encourage additional support which will in turn increase the clubs revenue. It would also be one less empty shop for the town.

When the Trust met with the local council and the Queens chairman last year to discuss our resolution there was no Supporter Liaison Officer in place and the creation of this post was not mentioned at all. While we think this newly created position will have benefits, we believe that the addition of a Supporters Director would add much greater value to the club. The Supporters Director will not be chosen by or answerable to the board. The Supporters Director will be chosen by and answerable to the supporters. The supporters would have a voice in the boardroom where all major decisions affecting the club are taken.

Supporter involvement at the boardroom level is increasing throughout the Scottish game and can lead to greater time and financial input from supporters. The introduction of a Supporters Director at the very heart of Queen of the South would create a new level of openness, transparency and supporter engagement. It would create the feeling that we really are all in this together.

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Trust meeting

February 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Next Queens Trust meeting is on Friday 17th February at 7.30pm in the Queens Arena. All Trust members welcome to attend!