Sunderland fan group Red and White Army announce date of key vote as part of plans to become Supporters’ Trust

Sunderland fan organisation The Red and White Army has announced details of when a key meeting and vote will take place as part of their plans towards becoming a Supporters’ Trust.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 3:48 pm
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The move would allow them to take a shareholding in the club should the opportunity arise in the future.

The group, who hold regular dialogue with the club, announced last month they are to consult with members about potentially becoming a Community Benefit Association – more commonly known as a Supporters’ Trust.

And they say the response has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’.

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They are being supported in the transition by the Football Supporters' Association, who have helped establish more than 100 other Supporters' Trusts across the UK.

A RAWA statement read: “The Red and White Army's Emergency General Meeting to decide on conversion to a Supporters' Trust will take place on 23rd July.

“The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform for those who wish to attend and vote. Those members who cannot attend or choose not to, can vote by proxy. Voting by proxy will mean emailing a voting form to the RAWA committee prior to the AGM - more details on this will follow.”

In a message to members, RAWA added: “We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from you since we proposed to convert.

“With this in mind, if you, the members, do vote to convert to a Trust, the existing committee would be prepared to oversee the transition process before holding the Trust's inaugural AGM. All trust members would then be able to vote and stand for election to the board.”

Further details of the process will be communicated to RAWA members.

Anyone not already a member but would like to vote on this issue must join RAWA by midnight on July 7th.

Members of a Trust have to make one small initial payment, typically between £5 and £20, and RAWA say it is likely they will propose the lower end, followed by a small annual subscription.

Anyone with feedback on the group's proposals, or who wishes to discover more information, is advised to email [email protected]