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The TUST Chairman and Secretary attended a meeting with club director's George Edwards and Mel Hayman yesterday afternoon (30th Nov).

The directors tabled the statement below which includes proposals for improved communication between the club and its supporters and between the club and TUST.

We were able to share this information with those members who attended last evening's AGM and gained some feedback on their thoughts. The TUST board will meet in a few days to consider its response to the proposals.

This pre-written statement was read to us and before the board considers it we would value your opinion at

We will, of course, keep our members informed on progress


Club statement in full:

In talking to the supporters at home and away games it is clear TUST’s actions prior to and following the Fans Forum have resulted in a division between supporters – those that like the TUST and those that don’t.

TUST have decided based on a small number of supporters 150 – 50 in attendance and 100 on zoom to hold a protest. Everyone has the right to free speech, to their opinion and have the right to vent their emotions positive and negative but being personal, aggressive, and threatening is not acceptable.

We have taken on board what TUST Board, TUST members and other supporters have said in relation to communication and have introduced an online fans forum.

We believe an online Fans Forum will allow the opportunity of all supporters to ask a question without worrying about what others will say or how they will react.

This is the first phase of improving communication.

The second phase is to ensure that all supporters are represented therefore we are going to encourage an independent Supporters’ Steering Group, which we will assist in setting up and will include representatives of the following groups: Over 60’s – Men – Women – Under 18’s – Disability -Travelling Away Supporters and a TUST representative, if TUST agree to show respect to the owner, the board and its employees.

Once set up this will be an independent Supporters’ Steering Group which will have monthly meetings with board representatives and Club representatives. This will ensure that all supporters are represented equally.

We will reintroduce Monthly TUST meetings with board representatives if TUST can agree to the following:

1) We establish basic principles required to make dialogue possible.

a) An agreed code of conduct for engagement/dialogue with TUAFC Board. – we do not wish to silence dissent of the Club or management, direction, but need to ensure that disrespectful and personal remarks are not made by any individual within the management, governance of TUST and not encouraging or condoning any action by others to the same.

b) Respect between TUST and TUAFC Board – no comments on person, character, background or publishing an opinion.

c) Agreed notes of meetings (both parties).

2) Based on this we will arrange a meeting of TUST Board and TUAFC Board to consider; How the Club and TUST can work to improve the Club’s performance, its reputation and influence and the supporters experience.




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