At last night's Mariners Trust open evening with John Fenty, Grimsby Town Football Club and the Mariners Trust formally signed off a new agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which provides the framework for an improved way of working together. This has been put together with the assistance of Supporters Direct who have put together a model which they consider to be best practice for fan engagement.
Speaking for the Mariners Trust, Dave Roberts said: "We are delighted to have agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the football club which will further improve our already strong relationship. Not only does the agreement guarantee a high level of engagement and communication, it also commits to consultation on major issues such as club name, badge, shirt, ground use and ownership. It also reaffirms our commitment to help raise funds for the club, particularly through the running of the ground bars, but importantly there is no conditionality on this regarding our place on the board and furthermore, the use of any funds raised will be clearly communicated. We would like to thank the football club for their positive approach during this process and also Supporters Direct for their help and advice."
And Town director, John Fenty added: "We are more than happy to cement our relationship with the Mariners Trust with the signing of the memorandum of understanding. The club is nothing without its fans and having a high level of engagement with them can only be good for the future of the club. It is reassuring to hear from Supporters Direct that we already operate at a high level of involvement with fan representation on the board and regular meeting. The new agreement provides the framework to ensure this continues and indeed improves going forward.
Deborah Dilworth from Supporters Direct travelled over to witness the signing and was delighted to see the commitment to fan involvement. Deborah said "The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mariners Supporters' Trust and Grimsby FC is fantastic news.
“The agreement is symbolic of the desire to proactively engage supporters within the club set-up and shows a genuine commitment from both sides to commit to structured dialogue. It is also public acknowledgment from the club that supporters are key stakeholders. The club and trust have worked hard to take their supporter engagement from strength to strength offering an opportunity for all fans to take part in the level they choose. Brilliant work from both the Trust and the club!"
The document is available to view on the Mariners Trust website www.marinerstrust.co.uk.