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Two new clubs move into community ownership

The FSA’s Community-Owned Club network has welcomed two new members to its fold in recent weeks, as the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis further demonstrates the value of supporter ownership and engagement.

In late April we welcomed Montpelier Villa from Brighton who, following the FA’s restructure of non-league, will be playing next season at Step 6 of the non-league pyramid in the Southern Combination Division One. They were joined last week by Dunstable Town (pictured above in the April snow) from the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division at Step 5.

Adam Walter, the Secretary at Montpelier Villa told us: “The community ownership model was all about bringing the club’s various sections together and ensuring that everyone that plays for, and supports, the club felt a part of it.

“In previous years we’ve very much led a hand-to-mouth existence and we’re now keen to bring stability through a consistent approach. We’re all about offering football to as many people of all abilities as possible, and we believe that community ownership is integral to that”.

Andrew Madaras, the Chair at Dunstable Town said: “Two years ago this club was hanging by a thread and we are now confident that with the renewed interest that community ownership has brought this club will be thriving in 15-20 years time and beyond.

“We’re going to be looking at all sorts of schemes away from the field of play, showing that we are doing things in our community, whilst not losing sight of the fact that on-field success will allow us to do so much more in the local area”.

We wish both clubs all the best in their new era of community ownership.

  • If you’re interested in community ownership at your club, get in touch. You can see the full list of community-owned clubs here

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