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West Ham United Supporters Trust: an update

Filed: Tuesday, 11th October 2016
By: Paul Christmas

Here is a brief summary of the meeting of the Hammers Supporters Club. There was broad agreement to work towards two initial aims:

1. To secure the future of the Hammers Supporters Club (HSC), recruit new members and seek new premises closer to the stadium.

2. To set up an Independent Supporters Association (ISA) or Supporters Trust with a large membership to act as a voice of the fans and to influence the club on issues which affect us (maybe a Trust to lead on from ISA as being a legal entity it takes longer to set up).

Before it can be taken much further the Hammers Supporters Club have to decide whether they want to expand to accommodate the second of these aims, bringing in new people and structure alongside their existing committee, and it would need to be considered whether a change of name is required.

The meeting was very positive and has laid a firm foundation for a voice for the fans to be heard. Details of those present have been collated to form a group to work over the next two weeks to take forward the above aims. Further details will be posted on this and other sites while there is a dedicated thread on the KUMB Forum.

Any further ideas or suggestions are all welcome.

As mentioned, such efforts have been made in the past to set up an association/trust. The meeting on Saturday was not staged to re-invent the wheel and help has been offered with regard to previous efforts/advice and so on.

This is very much appreciated and a united front is important for this to move forward. If we can help each other, we will succeed.

Thanks also to representatives of the Hammers Social Club who hosted and spoke at the meeting and to all who attended - especially one gentleman who travelled down from Yorkshire.

A number of people were unable to male an appearance due to receiving relatively-short notice. Therefore the next meeting has already been scheduled for those to attend.

It will be held on Saturday, 22 October at the Hammers Social Club. The HSC will be open from 11am with the meeting to start at 12 noon, finishing in time for us to travel to the OS for the Sunderland match.

After the next meeting on the 22nd we should be in a better position to give firm feedback on the shape of the organisation(s) and will set up a website to take membership.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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