Your basket

Join The FSA

Funding a project – Leeds United Supporters Trust

This is a story from the SD archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Leeds Trust have recently set a great example of how to successfully plan, run and execute a project and it is definitely worth a read to understand more.

Back in June 2017 they gained permission from the Highways Agency (and Leeds City Council) to paint a mural on the wall of the underpass beneath the M621 motorway, on Lowfields Road. This approval was gained after six months of negotiation, and a decisive intervention from Hilary Benn MP.

The trust wanted the final design to celebrate Leeds United as a unique football club, and for it to reflect their history whilst standing as a lasting legacy.

The trust worked with Leeds-based organisation ‘East Street Arts’, who are experienced in public arts. They asked for any interested artist to submit a design for consideration and these submissions were then voted on by the Trust board and members alike.

The trust had two weeks at the beginning of August to prepare the site (remove shrubbery and make the wall surface ‘clean’ and paintable) in order to get mural finished in time for this season’s first home game.

The aim was to raise £3800 and part of this money was provided by a donation from Trust funds. The trust smashed the fundraising target and reached a total of £4,400 meaning that they now have leftover funds for more projects to benefit the community. Jameson Rogue was winning artist and you can see his work in the above picture.

The execution of this project was teamed with a considerable amount of updates and consultation with their trust members. The Trust Board did an incredible job from start to finish.

Related Articles

Leeds Trust launches #StayAway campaign as games return

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) has launched its #StayAway campaign with former players, NHS staff and notable Leeds United fans encouraging supporters to do their bit in the continued fight against COVID-19.

Leeds United fans critical of club’s Socios deal

Leeds United supporters are the latest in the Premier League to criticise their club for entering into an agreement with

Leeds United CEO compares fan-led review to the death of millions (yes, really)

There you are, going about your day, encouraging football clubs to think a little more about their long-term financial health and ways to increase supporter engagement when – BAM! – a club CEO compares your ideas to the Great Leap Forward (Chairman Mao’s disastrous policy which led to the deaths of at least 15m Chinese citizens).

Leeds United address issues at Elland Road away end

Newcastle United fans have praised Leeds United after the club worked with them to address issues facing away fans visiting Elland Road.

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
  • SD Europe