Why not join the Board of the UK’s First Fan Owned Football Club! While the fans of some clubs can only chant “sack the Board” when it all goes wrong, as members of the UK’s first supporters-owned club you can vote for your Board members or even put yourself forward for election.
And even if you’re relatively satisfied with the Club’s current on and off the field position, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seriously think about standing for election if you have the time, energy and skills which you think can take our Club forward as it pursues its vision of being an inclusive club for all and a football and social centre for the community, with a range of teams playing at the highest sustainable level possible.
The annual elections to the Board of the Enfield Town FC Supporters Society and the Football Club will be held between now and January 2021. This is an opportunity for members to stand for election to the Board and for members to vote if the number of candidates exceeds the places available. The Board has twelve members with a third of the number required to stand down each year in rotation.
If you wish to stand for election you must have been a member of ETFC Supporters Society for at least 12 months and you must submit a nomination form by Thursday 3 December. A form is available at the end of this document . You also need to get three ETFCSSL members to sign the nomination form, and you may submit up to 200 words to support your candidacy. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of places available there will be an election, with ballot papers sent to paid- up members with the AGM notice. The intention is to announce the results of any election at the AGM on Thursday 21 January 2021.
A passion for Enfield Town FC is a good starting point! The constitution of the Society refers to the promotion of Association Football in the London Borough of Enfield and therefore the focus is not just on the first team.
The Board is keen to develop the scope of its membership and to attract younger people, women, and those from minority ethnic groups, to better align Board membership with the community ethos of the Club.
Board Meetings usually take place once a month, and directors are expected to attend. Specific workstreams are set up from time to time to focus on detailed aspects of the Board’s undertakings, for example on matchday arrangements or income generation. Board members may be required to represent the club at external meetings and to represent the club on match days.
“The Board requires different skill sets to function properly. From a list that is not exhaustive, examples of the skills and experience that could be useful are:
- Project management
- Marketing, communications, and promotional experience
- Experience with community projects
- Work in the leisure sector
- Work in the voluntary sector
- Running a business
These are just examples and if you think you have skills and commitment to take the club forward do not be put off by this list!
At the present time we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people who have experience in:
- Marketing and ‘selling’, and who would also be prepared to undertake commercial promotional activities on some match days
- Current communications processes, whether technology based or otherwise
- Working with, and co-ordinating, volunteers
We would also like to increase the presence at our stadium during the week to assist with administrative tasks and liaison with contractors and visitors, and so would welcome interest from people who have the capacity to help with this.
Time and frequency of Board Meetings and any sub-groups is dependent upon the current priorities of the club, for example during the pandemic the Board has met fortnightly via Zoom. Actions arising from those meetings will necessitate a flexible approach to the hours of service per week or month from each elected Director.
We will be seeking nominations for election to the Board of Enfield Town FC Supporters Society and the Football Club between now and 3 December.
How to Put Your Name Forward
Applications can be made online, by email or by post:
- Online at https://etfc.london/nomination-for-the-enfield-town-supporters-society-board
- By Post or Email by downloading, completing and returning the following form ETFCBoardElections2021ApplicationForm.pdf and sending to Company Secretary Akin Yilmaz. You need to get three ETFCSSL members to sign the nomination form; this may not be practical at this time, just list the names of those members who are prepared to nominate you.
If you are interested, or have any questions prior to nominations being considered, please speak to any current Board member, or contact Company Secretary Akin Yilmaz, whose details can be found here.
|Nomination Period Opens||AGM – 9 weeks||19 November 2020|
|Nomination Period Closes||AGM – 7 weeks||3 December 2020|
|Postal ballot papers issued to all members with notice & agenda for AGM||AGM – 5 weeks||17 December 2020|
|Ballot Closes||AGM – 2 Weeks||7 January 2021|
|Ballot results announced||AGM||21 January 2021|