The Association meeting in November decided to explore converting the Association in to a Supporters’ Trust, along the lines recommended by Supporters Direct. Members felt the Association was now established within the Broncos community, and converting to a Trust would signal the Association’s intent to play a full role in the long term future of the Broncos.
The aim is to promote a debate about this change over the off season, and discuss the conversion to a Trust at the AGM probably in February. We will also be seeking guidance from Supporters Direct, and people involved in other Supporters’ Trusts in London and in Rugby League. We do have several members already active in other Trusts, and I’m sure their experiences and insights will be invaluable in the debate to come.
What would change about the aims and objectives of the Association?
Very little in actual fact. The objectives of the Association are set out in our About Us page, and the change to a Trust would add the objective of seeking to be involved in the running and perhaps ownership of the Broncos.
We are already the proud sponsors of the Broncos Academy, and the fund to allow this is down to those members who are members of our 100 Club, and those members (and visiting supporters) that support the TryTime raffle we successfully launched on match days in 2016.
We have also held three very successful Heritage Days, and the plan is to do so again in 2017 with the possible addition of a Fulham Players’ reunion at an away game.
The setting up of the Trust would convert us all in to Associate Members, with Full Membership on payment of an annual fee of probably £10 or so, with reductions for young and older members.
If so little is changing, why bother?
The addition of the aim to influence and take a stake in the Broncos is a large step. Its a declaration of the Association’s intent to play a positive and continuing role in securing a long term stable future for the Broncos.
A page on what a Supporters’ Trust entails is HERE, and all members feedback will be welcomed and due regard taken. The meeting was unanimous in its support in principle for the change to a Trust, but there are over 260 of us and we need to have all or at least most members onside to make this change a success.
The Association was born from Yvonne and I leafletting outside the last home game at the Stoop against Huddersfield Giants back in August 2013. The Broncos were almost lost over that off season, and the decision to form an Association rather than a Trust back then was a sensible one.
I’m very proud of the strides the Association has made over the last three years, and I agree with those members at that meeting that we are now ready to step up to the next level of involvement and commitment.
Please let me know what you think about this, and add your comments and questions. We need as much engagement as we can; don’t hold back!