Originally, the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust was formed to help Macclesfield Town Football Club raise the fine levied by the Football Association and repayments to the Football Foundation. Since then, following settlement of the fine, the Trust has developed a longer term strategic plan which addresses, amongst other matters, bringing the club closer to the community; attaining Trust membership on the Club Board; and providing the link between fan and Club board.
The overall aim of the Supporters' Trust is to work towards a healthy and successful Football League club for everyone in Macclesfield and the surrounding area.
Supporters Direct state that Trusts be registered as an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) with the Financial Services Authority (FSA). As such all its actions and conduct will be regulated by the provisions of the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, 1965 - 1978. This is not a company registered with companies’ house but it is registered with the FSA. Its liability is limited to the nominal value of its shares.
In reality the trust is a corporate entity which operates like most companies with a board who will make decisions in the best interests of the trust on behalf of the members who each hold one share each. No member may hold than one share so power is equally divided.
Because it is registered as an IPS with the FSA, there are certain requirements that it has to meet, and other things that it cannot do. In particular, the FSA will not register any amendment to the Rules which is not in accordance with the democratic and community benefit principles established in the Trust's constitution.
The Trust has to file annual reports to the FSA. It has to appoint qualified auditors, and audited accounts have to be presented to the Trust's AGM and to the Registrar. Supporter groups should also be committed to producing financial reports to every meeting of the Trust.
Everything that a Trust does will be guided and controlled by its Constitution.
An IPS belongs to its membership. Literally, every member will own one share, with a value of £1, in the Trust. Those shares cannot be traded or transferred. Once individual membership ceases the share registered in the name of that member will be cancelled and the amount subscribed for the value of the share becomes the property of the Trust.
Shares carry no right to interest, dividend or bonus.
The Constitution guarantees that:
The FSA operates a model rule system and monitors changes to the model. They will not register rule changes that fall foul of the constitution or the legal requirements for a Trust.
The main objectives of our constitution are as follows:
Among the powers granted by the Constitution for the attainment of these objectives are to acquire an interest in the club (i.e. shares), to establish, promote, and maintain any lawful fundraising scheme and to hold and exercise proxies for shares in the club.
The profits or surpluses of the Trust can only be used to maintain prudent reserves and on expenditure to achieve the Trust's objectives.
Membership can be open to any person, corporate body or firm who is a supporter of the club, or has an interest in the game of football in the area, and who agrees to be bound by the rules of the Trust. The Constitution contains machinery for expulsion of members under appropriate circumstances and reserves the committee's right to refuse membership applications.
The essential machinery for the day-to-day running of the Trust will be a management committee, though the constitution is flexible enough for other arrangements (like sub-committees or an Executive Committee) to evolve if appropriate or necessary. The Constitution makes it possible for the Trust's membership to specifically direct the Committee's actions, if felt appropriate. There must be an Annual General Meeting every year.
If the Trust ceases to exist or is dissolved by the membership, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities will be transferred to:
The S.S.T. would not exist without your support. Please join us and help to make a difference to your football club. You can find the forms that you need to join here.
The Silkmen Supporters’ Trust is committed to the improvement and development of Macclesfield Town FC by working in partnership with the Club, the fans and the community to the mutual benefit of all.
Silkmen Supporters' Trust
c/o SAS Daniels, Churchill Chambers, Churchill Way, Macclesfield SK11 6AY
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