What is the Swans Trust?
The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust was formed by supporters in 2001 during difficult times when the football club was struggling for survival. The Trust currently owns just over 21% of the shares of Swansea City Football Club. You can read more about the history of the Trust here
What are our aims?
The main aims of the Swans Trust are to:
- maintain a professional football club in Swansea;
- bring the football club closer to its fans all over the world and within its local community;
- have elected representation on the Board of Swansea City Football Club;
- maintain and increase a stake in the club, in pursuance of the aims above;
- represent the views, needs and aims of our members (and supporters) at all times;
- ensure we are an all-inclusive, positive and representative organisation that is open and accessible to all supporters regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, or religious/moral beliefs and without discrimination of any kind
These aims form the basis for the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust Mission Statement.
How is the Trust structured?
The Trust has a Board made up of volunteers that are elected by Trust members every July. In addition to the individual experience of Trust Board members, additional support is provided by financial and legal advisors who regularly provide expert and independent advice to the Trust Board
Andrew Godden is the current Chair of the Trust Board and Stuart McDonald is the Supporters’ Director. The Supporters’ Director represents the Trust on the Board of Directors of the football club.
More details of our current board members and their roles are available on our Meet the Trust Board page.
The Supporters’ Director is consulted on decisions taken by the football club and is able to represent the views of the fans with an ultimate aim of ensuring the supporter voice is heard at Club Board level. Issues such as the match day experience, cup and season ticket prices, stadium rules, catering, stadium are regularly discussed and the views of the fans voiced. As a major shareholder the Trust is able to engage with key personnel at the Club and if necessary, highlight issues at a much earlier stage than is the case for fans at most other clubs.
If supporters have any specific issues of their own they wish to bring to the attention of our Supporters Director or the Trust Board in general then they are encouraged to email them in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Swans Trust facts….
- Swansea City Supporters Trust currently owns 21% of Swansea City Football Club but if there is further investment in the Club this shareholding will be reduced unless we can raise more money!
- Swansea City Supporters Trust raised almost £10,000 in 2009/10 financial year to take advantage of a share offer which took the Trust shareholding within the club to 21%.
- Swansea City Supporters Trust has a share fund which allows members to contribute for when the Trust can buy further shares in the club.
- In our 10th Anniversary year 2011/12 and the Club Centenary Season 2012/13, Trust Membership was free!
- In 2020/21. the Covid-19 pandemic brought its own unique challenges to the club and its supporters so it was decided to give all previous season members of the Trust free membership with new or returning members being offered discounted rates until the end of 2020.
- Swansea City Supporters Trust currently has one Executive Director on the board of the football club who is there to represent fans views. The Trust also has an Associate Director on the Board.
The Trust was originally a member of Supporters Direct which is now known as the Football Supporters’ Federation.
If you believe in what the Trust is trying to achieve, then get involved by becoming a member here
Swansea City Supporters’ Trust