Supporters Direct has been working since 2000 to help supporters gain influence in the running and ownership of their club. In the last fifteen years we have helped our members to establish 192 trusts in the UK and we have worked with supporters to purchase and develop more than 40 community owned clubs. We have supported these members in raising more than £50 million to be reinvested back into their clubs and communities including £6 million through community shares projects; an area where we are market leaders.
In 2017, Supporters Direct Scotland incorporated locally as a democratic Community Benefit Society, founded on the cooperative principles.
Our objectives as an organisation are as follows:
- acting as the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of Scottish football, and protecting, promoting and furthering their interests;
- strengthening the bonds between Scottish football supporters and the game’s governing bodies and stakeholders;
- promoting equality and tackling prejudice within all levels of Scottish sport;
- providing support for community and supporter organisations that seek to buy, bid, govern and influence sports clubs;
- supplying advice and services to supporter organisations and sports clubs in relation to their affairs and development, and supporting them in delivering social and community value;
- operating democratically, fairly, sustainably, transparently and with financial responsibility, and encouraging Scottish sport to do likewise;
- being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief;
- assisting in the resolution of disputes between members;
- promoting sport and sports clubs as vehicles through which positive societal change can occur.
We have been active in Scotland since 2002 where we’ve helped establish over 30 Supporters Trusts and groups. Of these, 18 have some form of representation within the governance of their clubs and a further 6 have majority ownership of their club.