All this info and more can be found at The Killie Trust official website.
“to promote, develop and support Kilmarnock Football Club and the game of football within the community”
- Through membership from the supporters of Kilmarnock FC, we will aim to provide direct and indirect influence over the running of the football club, ensuring the opinions of the supporters are considered before decisions are made by the board of directors at the club.
- We will create and develop a working relationship with the people and organisations responsible for the day to day running & long term planning of Kilmarnock Football Club.
- The need to continue to strengthen the bonds of our relationship with the club and interests of Ayrshire can only benefit the needs of all concerned. The Trust will also strive to benefit present and future members of the community by promotion, encouragement and furthering the sport of football in Ayrshire. In the long term, this also includes helping to further the sport at our national and international level.
- The Trust will also encourage Kilmarnock FC to take proper account of the interests and safety of its supporters and the community in which the club serves when decisions of such matters are made.
- At all times, the Trust will respect the rights of all members of the community served by the club and will strive to provide information to the people of Ayrshire and conduct the Trust affairs in accessible and appropriate ways.
We have 8 Clear Objectives in our constitution, which we will continue to deliver upon as the business moves forward:
- to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club;
- to benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement;
- to further the development of the game of football nationally and internationally and the upholding of its rules;
- to encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and of the community it serves in its decisions;
- to encourage and promote the principle of supporter representation on the board of any company owning or controlling the Club and ultimately to be the vehicle for democratic elections to the board;
- to promote, develop and respect the rights of members of the community served by the Club and people dealing with the Society as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, having regard in particular to the need to provide information to members and conduct the affairs of the Society in accessible and appropriate ways;
- to encourage Society members who are Club shareholders to assign their proxy vote to the Society;
- to promote and support Youth Development within the district of Ayrshire, for the future benefit of Kilmarnock Football Club.
Launch of The Trust
On 1st October 1999, the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon. Chris Smith MP announced a new Government initiative to help give supporters a say in the running of their football clubs. The result was the formation of Supporters Direct in England and Wales. After a long campaign by Scottish football fans, Mike Watson MSP, the Minister for Sport in Scotland, announced two-year funding for supporters direct to extend their work north of the border. This funding started in April 2002. Their aim is to offer support, advice and information to groups of supporters who wish to play a responsible part in the life of the clubs they support.
The Kilmarnock Supporters Society Limited (The Killie Trust) was constituted in May 2003. The Trust objectives have been discussed and decided upon by the initial group of dedicated committee members and are there to serve the purpose of the club, supporters and local community.
Throughout the initial processes, the Trust has been assisted by James Proctor of Supporter Direct (Scotland). This is a relationship the Trust is keen to acknowledge and indeed continue for the future, as Supporters Direct (Scotland) have an extensive support network consisting of business leaders and legal officials, as well as being able to link Kilmarnock to other Supporters’ Trusts around the country.
The trust has been constituted in accordance with guidelines laid down by The Scottish Executive, through Supporters Direct (Scotland). The Trust has been registered as a Limited company through Cobbetts Solicitors (Manchester), who have acted as lawyers for all constituted Football Trusts in this country and registered them as Industrial and Provident Societies (IPS).
1. When was the trust established? The Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd. was constituted in May 2003 however the working title will be the “Killie Trust”. The Trust held a launch event in August 2003 and held its first general meeting on the 15th of January 2004.
2. How does the membership operate? Adult membership costs £10 part of which pays for one share in The Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd. The share is yours but to maintain the voting rights you must pay your annual membership of £10. Some members may be in a position to donate further money to the Trust but regardless of the contribution every member will have only one vote. The Trust will also have a junior membership which is free however junior members are not able to vote.
3. How can I get involved? Come along to the Trust membership desk in the Park Hotel at Rugby Park before and after home games and sign up.
4. Can I join the Killie Trust Board? Nominations for board members are taken before the Trust AGM every year. The Trust constitution requires that the board also has at least 2 co-opted members to help in certain areas.
5. What are co-optees? The Trust are required by its rules to co-opt at least two members on to the Trust board. These co-optees are chosen because of their skills in a particular area.
6. How can the Trust have a say in Kilmarnock FC? Many Supporters’ Trusts at other clubs have representation on their club board and this is one of our aims. Several clubs in England are now actually owned by their Trusts. A strong Killie Trust can have a huge influence on our club.
7. How will the Trust keep members up to date with what’s happening? The Trust have facebook and twitter accounts as well as this blog for you to be kept up to date. As well as that there is a quarterly newsletter and there is also a Killie Trust Forum open at the www.killiefc.com website.
8. What does the Trust have planned for the future? The latest plan concerning the Trust is COG which you can read about in many places in this blog site. In conjunction with this we will continue our work in the community as we always have.
9. How many people have joined the Killie Trust? This number changes regularly which would make noting it here meaningless, needless to say our ultimate aim is to get everyone who cares about Kilmarnock Football Club to join the Killie Trust.