Trust represented at national conference
Two members of the Iron Trust board will head to St George’s Park this weekend to attend the annual Supporter Summit, held jointly by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation.
The annual two-day event, held at the base of all England national football teams, brings together the two main national supporter groups, representatives from club groups and key figures from the sport.
The weekend includes the AGMs of both organisations, with the Trust members of both. David Bernstein, chairman of the Football Association, will address attendees.
“Supporters are one of the vital parts that makes our national game what it is, and I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to be part of this event at The FA’s new national training base – especially in The FA’s 150th year,” he said.
Iron Trust board members Max Bell and Luke Thornhill will attend both days of the event, and take part in several workshops on sustainability of football and fans issues.
Huw Jenkins, chairman of Swansea City, will take part in a workshop about sustainability in football – he was part of a consortium put together by Swans Trust which owns the Capital One Cup winners.
Other workshops will tackle discrimnation, governance, fan engagement and safe standing.
“It promises to be a busy couple of days for Max and I. We’ve been as active as we can with Supporters Direct, and really appreciate the time they’ve taken to help us, put us in contact with other trusts and keep us updated on national matters,” said Thornhill.
“I am particularly looking forward to the workshop with Tim Connolly, who is vice-president for sales and marketing with the Green Bay Packers. Although American football is a different sport, he has led a process of fan engagement which has really increased the connection between supporters and the club.
“They are considered a ‘small town’ team, at least by NFL standards, and have successfully followed the exact strategy we have advocated to Scunthorpe United. That’s the key aim for Max and I: studying these examples of good practice and seeing if there is anything we can nick and replicate in partnership with the Iron.”
You can read more about the summit at www.supporterssummit.co.uk.