Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce that the club has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust (NFST) to create a closer working relationship, in a move to ensure the fans continue to be of the upmost importance to the football club.
Following the takeover in May 2017, one of the key priorities for the new owners and board was to engage with the various supporter groups to ensure that fans played a crucial role in the club’s development. This has included regular meetings between club officials and supporter groups, the ongoing development of an advisory board and imminent elections to appoint a fan representative for each stand at The City Ground.
The latest step in this engagement process is the signing of a MoU with the NFST. This agreement includes a commitment for the club and trust to meet regularly throughout each year and to consult on club-related matters. These meetings will include relevant senior figures from Nottingham Forest and NFST and provide a framework for dialogue between the parties.
As a result, Nottingham Forest will be one of only three clubs in the country to have committed to such a formal and close working relationship with official supporter trust organisations.
Andy Caddell, Board Member of the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust commented:
"Signing an MoU with the club is a hugely significant step in the development of our mutual relationship. The significance of this formal agreement should not be underestimated; only two other trusts across all 92 professional clubs have an MoU in place with their clubs.
"In only our second year as a Supporters’ Trust it speaks volumes to the hard work that has gone into developing a strong, professionally run, respected organisation that is seen as a trusted partner by Nottingham Forest. The fact that we have a large, growing and highly engaged membership has been central to the club taking account of the voice we have.
"Signing the MoU provides additional structure to our already excellent relationship with senior club officials and provides tangible evidence of the commitment to place supporters at the very heart of the club’s growth plans. We note that the club have made clear their desire to be judged on actions rather than promises, this development delivers against the commitment to build structures which give the fans a voice. Just the latest in a series of clear, positive actions that are helping to reshape the future of our football club. The message to members of NFST, and the wider fan base across the world, is clear - your voices will be heard and your opinions matter”.
Nottingham Forest Chairman, Nicholas Randall Q.C. said:
“The owners and board of Nottingham Forest are delighted to enter into this MoU with the Supporters' Trust as part of our fan engagement procedures. We believe that we are merely custodians of the club, which is rooted in its fan base and local community. We have already created close links with the Supporters' Club, Forza Garibaldi and others to ensure fans are being consulted on the issues that impact them.
“The MoU now in place with the Supporters’ Trust is another step on this journey. The organisations work to date has been of great importance and there is now a real opportunity to work together to ensure that the fans are central to everything the football club does.”
About the NFST
The Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust is a democratic, not-for-profit organisation of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice in the decision-making processes, and strengthening the links between the club and the community it serves. Any supporter can join the trust: annual membership costs £12 and members receive a members' pack, regular communications and the opportunity to stand for elections to the board. More details about NFST at www.nffctrust.org and supporters’ trusts in general at www.supporters-direct.org.