Below are the details of how our ownership scheme works, some common questions that come up from our fans, and also details about how to own your own share in Dorchester Town Community Football Club
Why fan ownership?
As we all know, most football clubs up and down the country are privately owned organisations with wealthy investors and many clubs are discovering today, no matter how big they are this is a rather unsustainable business model that has seen some clubs cease to exist.
In 2015, Dorchester Town Football Club transformed the club into a Community Benefit Society, thereby allowing fans of the club to become owners themselves. We believe that thousands of fans owning an equal share is a more sustainable, not to mention appropriate, way of doing things.
Heard enough? Join us by filling in the application form here.
How much does a share cost?
Membership runs from 1st July until 30th June and only costs £30 for an Adult or £10 for a Young Adult Under 18 (in order for us to become sustainable, we need owners to renew annually).
What do I get?
OK. For your annual subscription you will receive:
• Membership Card
• Dorchester Town CFC Share Certificate
• Season Ticket Discount
• 10% Discounted Function Room hire
• Club Newsletters (Email)
• Email Bulletins notifying you of Updates and Forthcoming Events
• Invitation to Organised Club Events
• The right to Vote and stand for the Board of Directors of Dorchester Town Community Football Club (16 and over only)
How many shares can I buy?
No one can own more than one share in Dorchester Town CFC, no matter how much money they put in.
Our system is, ‘one member, one share, one vote.
However, you are welcome to buy a share for someone else too – a friend, a family member or even a child (though they won’t have voting rights until they are 16).
Any share you buy will be valid for a year from 1st July until the 30th June the following year.
Convinced? Click here to join…
Still not convinced?
It’s a great way to support all the work that Dorchester Town Community Football Club does.
It’s not just about the First Team, as we also have a very good Reserves team, who compete in the Wyvern League. Plus there’s the Academy where youngsters are coached by qualified coaches to help them develop with the aim of getting into the first team. Dorchester Town FC Youth that comprises of over 450 local children playing in over 34 teams whose ages range from 8 years to Under 18 years. And not forgetting Kix Start – A Not-For Profit organisation who is running the clubs Ability Counts team and the clubs Walking Football and Supporter Fitness projects.
Your support will enable us to continue our work with local kids, such as our hugely popular ‘Kids for a quid policy – It’s what it says: anyone under 16 gets in for just £1 to our home league games.
Your support will help us set up ‘Junior Magpies’ so that kids throughout Dorchester and the surrounding areas can get more involved with the club.
And we have ambitious plans for the future with making big changes at our ground, The Avenue Stadium, to turn it into a seven-days-a-week community venue.
Dorchester Town Community Football Club is the only supporter owned football club in Dorset. We believe in the principle of supporter owned clubs. We believe we should be an asset at the heart of the community, not a closed shop run by one or two figures in the board room.
Buying a share in our club will help us grow and thrive and make our plans possible.
But I don’t even like football.
There are many benefits to becoming an owner of Dorchester Town Community Football Club even if you have no desire to come and watch the mighty Magpies in action on a match day.
Ready to join us? Click here
Some legal stuff you should read
Firstly, this is not an investment and there is no return on or of the money that you put in.
Secondly, our lawyers, DWF, wanted you to know that “Dorchester Town Community Football Club Limited is registered as a Community Benefit Society which means that (like a company) (1) it is a legal entity in its own right, independent of the members and (2) the liability of members is limited to the value of their nominal £1 shareholding (which will be taken at the time of joining out of the £30/£10). Any claim arising from the activities of the Society will therefore be a claim against the Society not the members. If the Society were to become insolvent, the members would lose their £1 stakes but could not be called upon to contribute further.”
In short, buying the share doesn’t lay you open to any responsibility or liability.
For our Rules for Dorchester Town Community Football Club Limited (Registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (pdf)
COME ON YOU STRIPES!
Dorchester Town FC is the trading name of Dorchester Town Community Football Club Limited
A registered Community Benefit Society (CBS) – Registration number 7128
Dorchester Town Community Football Club Limited.
Registered with the FCA under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies act 2014 as a Community Benefit Society.
Company Registration Number: 7128