On Monday, a week of celebrating and promoting fan and community ownership of sports clubs will be launched by Supporters Direct Scotland.

With four SPFL clubs already operating as community and fan owned clubs and a further four, including Ayr United and Hearts, progressing towards or exploring the same ownership model, Community Ownership Week aims to educate and inspire more supporters trusts and fan groups to become involved in the ownership of clubs for the benefit of their respective communities.

Community Ownership Week will run between the 19th and 25th of February, Supporters Direct Scotland will host a weeklong celebration of the community ownership movement across Scotland.

Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland said: “Dunfermline, Stirling Albion, Clyde and East Stirling are already community owned clubs and others, including Motherwell, Ayr United and of course Hearts are progressing towards the same model.

“Supporters Direct, as a whole, has a lot experience of fan and community owned clubs and has worked with and advised clubs across Europe. We know that fans and communities have many questions about how it could work for them and Community Ownership Week is all about providing answers. It will also give us a chance to celebrate the movement of supporter involvement and ownership of their clubs.”

Throughout the week a range of events will be held to promote the movement to various stakeholders within the game, including an open evening at Supporters Direct Scotland’s office for Supporters Trusts and a presentation on the movement to MSPs at Holyrood on the 20th of February.

You can get involved: click on the banner below to visit Supporters Direct Scotland website; like the Scottish Fans Facebook page; follow @ScottishFans on twitter and look out for the hastag #ownyourclub.

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