Football

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered at on 21 March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promote opportunities for supporters to have increased involvement in the running of football clubs.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

On the 27 February, the Department published progress one year on from the report of the Government Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement. This progress report is a summary of the achievements made so far by the football authorities, supporter representative groups and government to implement the Working Group's recommendations. The report is available at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/football-expert-working-group-progress-report.

In particular, changes are already in place to help Supporters Trusts bid to buy insolvent clubs, as well as requiring all 92 professional clubs to meet with their supporters at least twice a year to discuss the matters of most importance. These meetings lead the way in ensuring fans are better informed, and consulted on club activities.

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