Sunderland fan organisation Red and White Army vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to convert to Supporters’ Trust

Members of Sunderland fan organisation The Red and White Army have voted ‘overwhelmingly’ to convert to a Supporters’ Trust.

Friday, 24th July 2020, 9:14 am

They held their extraordinary general meeting on Thursday night via Zoom and the motion was passed with no votes against.

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.

The response to that was said to be ‘overwhelmingly positive’ and the motion was carried last night.

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The Red and White Army tweeted: “Our Extraordinary General Meeting has voted to convert to a Trust overwhelmingly, with no votes against (couple of abstentions). Onwards and upwards. More info to follow.”

One of the benefits of being a Trust is the move will allow them to take a shareholding in the club should the opportunity arise in the future.

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.

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.

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Members of RAWA met with Sunderland owner Stewart Donald last week along with representatives from other fan organisations.

A number of items were on the agenda with Donald confirming he is still looking to sell the club, with a price tag of £37.6m.

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