MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee have backed a proposal that community powers will be extended to give certain powers to football supports’ groups to purchase part or all of football clubs. These would be contained in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. If the Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament, supporters’ trusts and the like would essentially get “first refusal” when a club comes up for sale.

It is reported in the BBC that the Scottish FA and the Scottish Professional Football League are against the plans.

We await developments, but this this could be an incredibly important opportunity for supporters and communities to have rights in and even control their local and/or cherished clubs. One topic in this that also interests us is the place of charities in these ownership structures.

For more on community sports ownership and projects contact Alan Eccles (0141 245 6255) and Helen Nelson (0141 428 3353).

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