Robins Trust welcomes the Fan Led Review

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The Robins Trust join representative groups from up and down the country and the Football Supporters Association (FSA) in welcoming the Fan Led Review of football governance.

The review, led by former sports minister Tracey Crouch MP has made a number of key recommendations, including the establishment of an independent regulator for football.

During the summer, Trust chairman and FSA National Council member James Young led the FSA’s League One and League Two network as they met and presented evidence to the review panel.

The 90 minute session included powerful stories from fan representative groups across the country and included evidence from the Trust’s Fan Elected Director Dave Beesley.

James has also been part of an FSA delegation to meet with the secretary of state for digital, culture media and sport, Nadine Dorries, to hammer home the importance of the review's recommendations being implemented.

Since the review’s publication on Wednesday evening, there have been positive noises from both the government benches and the opposition and now the Trust is calling on that momentum to be kept.

James said: "Being involved in the review was an incredible experience. To see football fans from across the country come together and make a united call for change was incredibly inspiring.

"In the lower leagues, the need for independent regulation is clear. It is at this level that clubs are dying.

"We’ve lost community institutions in Bury and Macclesfield Town in recent years and that must never, ever be allowed to happen again.

"Alongside our friends at the FSA and shoulder-to-shoulder with representative groups across the country, we will continue to push for the review’s recommendations to be included in legislation and passed into law in the coming months."

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said: "This is potentially a huge step forward for football governance - the Government committed to a fan-led review which has listened to the voice of fans. It’s now up to the Government to deliver upon the recommendations.

"The review’s proposals to strengthen the voice of supporters in the game, protect football’s heritage and the pyramid, and provide genuine independent regulation, lay the basis for a prosperous and sustainable future for football at all levels."

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