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Swindon Town sign agreement with fans to mark new era

Swindon Town are the latest club to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their supporters, after forming an agreement with TrustSTFC.

The MOU details the club’s commitment to engaging with fans, all supporter groups, the local community and media outlets. It also outlines how supporters will be consulted during meaningful changes to the cultural aspects of the club or ownership.

Swindon Town chief executive Rob Angus was the signatory from the club, and Steve Mytton was the signatory from TrustSTFC.

“The MOU is an important step in formalising the open and transparent communication that we will have with supporters going forward. We want our club to be known as the most engaging and transparent club in the Football League,” Rob said.

“I would like to thank the trust for their support and we look forward to working with them openly going forward, along with the official supporters club and the disabled supporters club.”

MOUs help formalise the relationship between a fan group and their club, setting out key terms of reference for how the club engages with its supporters on a formal basis, and are a tool that has been used by many supporter groups on the back of government recommendations to improve dialogue between football clubs and their fanbase.

Steve Mytton, chair of TrustSTFC, said: “Signing an MOU with the club is a really significant step forward and builds on the recent good progress and positivity. It’s a formal agreement between the supporters and the football club that sets out a framework for continued openness and transparency and ensures the promises that have been made publicly in recent months will be honoured.

“This is the latest in a series of clear and positive actions that are helping to improve the future of our football club. Fans’ voices will finally be heard and respected, and that’s all we’ve ever wanted.”

In their announcement, Swindon Town thanked the FSA for our input which helped the MOU come to fruition.

The FSA’s EFL network manager Deborah Dilworth said: “It’s pleasing to see the club and trust take this step forward after a tumultuous time at Swindon Town – both parties deserve recognition for this work.

“We’d encourage other clubs in the EFL to follow their lead and acknowledge that supporters are a key stakeholders.”

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