At last nights open meeting with John Fenty we took the opportunity to formally sign of the new agreement for agreed ways of working which is called a memorandum of understanding. The was put together with the assistance of Supporters Direct who have developed this model which they consider to be best practice fan engagement.

For the Trust Dave Roberts commented- “We are delighted to have agreed a memorandum of understanding with the football club which will further improve our already strong relationship. Not only does the agreement guarantee a high level of engagement and communication it also commits to consultation on major issues such as club name, badge, shirt, ground use and ownership. It also reaffirms our commitment to help raise funds for the club, particularly through the running of the ground bars, but importantly there is no conditionality on this regarding our place on the board and furthermore the use of any funds raised will be clearly communicated. We would like to thank the football club for their positive approach during this process and also Supporters Direct for their help and advice.”

John Fenty said- “We are more than happy to cement our relationship with the Mariners Trust with the signing of the memorandum of understanding. The club is nothing without it’s fans and having a high level of engagement with them can only be good for the future of the club. It is reassuring to hear from Supporters Direct that we already operate at a high level of involvement with fan representation on the board and regular meeting. The new agreement provides the framework to ensure this continues and indeed improves going forward.