There has been much discussion between fans at games and via the internet and social media regarding a community owned Farnborough Football Club and some of this has referred to FaST. Perhaps firstly it would be timely to restate the Objectives of FaST that are contained within its Model Rules and these are:
- to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club;
- to benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement;
- to further the development of the game of football nationally and internationally and the upholding of its rules;
- to encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and of the community it serves in its decisions;
- to encourage and promote the principle of supporter representation on the board of any company owning or controlling the Club and ultimately to be the vehicle for democratic elections to the Board;
- to promote, develop and respect the right of members of the community served by the Club and dealing with the Society as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, having regard in particular to the need to provide information to members and conduct the affairs of the Society in accessible and appropriate ways;
As you will see from the above there is a strong emphasis for FaST to work with all Community Stakeholders to further their interests in the running of the club. FaST via its membership of Supporters Direct and its current links with Rushmoor Council and strong support from the local community in general via the good works of ‘Farnborough FC in the Community’ is well placed to help facilitate a community owned Farnborough FC should the current owners decide that the club is no longer for them. If the opportunity arises for a community owned Farnborough FC then FaST will work with other interested parties to make this opportunity a reality. In the meantime FaST will continue to operate to improve the infrastructure at the ground and is always open to having a dialogue with any interested parties about the future of the club.