Frequently Asked Questions, facts and quick answers to questions about the Trust.
Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) was originally born out of a need for change at our football club. It seeks to benefit both the football club and its supporters by channelling the passion of Newcastle supporters into a forward-thinking organisation that is a legally constituted, democratic, not-for-profit Supporters Trust of Newcastle United.
A Supporters Trust is a democratic not-for-profit organisation, made up of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice of supporters in the decision making process at a club, and strengthening the links between the club and the community it serves.
After initial guidance and assistance from Supporters Direct about the procedure involved in such transformation a motion was put to NUSC members regarding conversion to Trust status, the members of NUSC endorsed the proposal and application for Trust status was passed by a resounding majority.
The reasons we charge for membership are as follows :
1. The rules of a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 means that to be a full member you have to own a fully paid up share of the Trust - these are £1 shares and each member is assigned one after they sign up.
2. Each member receives a membership pack when they sign up - this includes a certificate and membership card - this plus the postage to send them out obviously cost money.
3. We need running costs eg postage for letters / website hosting fees / Domain name fees / PO Box fees / Bulk email package fees / campaign funds etc.
All work carried out by the committee is free and no committee member is paid anything for their voluntary work
The main aim of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust is to work with supporters to raise sufficient funds to buy a stake in the club
The NUST is supported by a legal and constitutional framework which means that the achievement of its objectives is possible. A Trust actively tries to influence its Club and seek representation by being a professional and credible body of supporters, with something to offer. It builds on the fundraising and social principles of supporters' clubs / associations, but has clear direction and objectives.
There will never be less than 6 and not more than 12 members of the board. At least 10 of these members are required to be elected by the members of the Trust.
At least 1 member of the board will be co-opted by the board (as per rule 55).
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust wants to have the strongest team of skills, experience and knowledge available on the board to help drive the Trust forward.
Board members will normally serve for a period of 2 years.
Or by post to:
Newcastle United Supporters Trust
PO Box 621
Newcastle Upon Tyne