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Community-owned clubs

Club board directors are a critical component in any thriving community-owned club and a well-structured board will have individuals with a broad range of expertise and experience.

The board should set the strategic direction for the club and have financial plans that enable the delivery of the strategy. As well as acting as custodians for the assets of the members, they can set the tone for many of the important relationships a club has – most significantly with the members who own it.

A lot can be expected from a club board director, with the vast majority of people performing the role on a voluntary basis and juggling full time jobs and family life.

The FSA has produced a whole host of guidance for board members of community-owned sports clubs.

All of our guidance supports the FSA’s policy and overarching aim to develop sustainable, successful clubs that are owned by, and embedded in, their community.


Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball