AVST is a member of Supporters Direct, the national body who help fans across the country to set up democratic cooperatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs.
Their mission is to:
- Increase the influence of supporters’ through ownership and involvement in their clubs; and
- Seek to improve the way our game is governed, through the development of policies and campaigns.
As at April 2014, there are 203 supporters’ trusts/community owned clubs with a membership of just over 676,000. Money raised by supporters’ trusts/community owned clubs in England, Wales and Scotland is a staggering £38.9m!