Rovers Trust, the campaign to bring Blackburn Rovers into community ownership, has revealed details of an election to appoint members to the committee that will lead it towards its ultimate goal.
The supporter-led trust, set up last year to raise funds to buy the Ewood Park club, will hold the vote at an EGM which will be held in June.
Nominations for the Rovers Trust committee are now open to all members aged over 18, with a closing date of March 31.
The voting will elect two co-chairs and six committee members and the election process is being overseen by a three-person panel, whose independent chairman is local MP Jack Straw’s son Will.
John Wareing, electoral committee officer for Rovers Trust, said: “We are fortunate at Blackburn Rovers to have so many passionate and committed supporters who are willing to give up their time and expertise for the future benefit if our club.
“We are grateful to Will Straw, who is a passionate Rovers fan like us, for agreeing to be our independent chairman in this election process.
“We believe the future of Blackburn Rovers lies in a community and supporter ownership model and we have now put everything in place legally and structurally to ensure this can happen at any time.
“The job of the committee will be to work towards our ultimate goal, formulating our strategy and ensuring that the voice of the fans at Blackburn Rovers continues to be heard loudly and clearly in a positive and structured way.”
All Trust members who join before March 31 are eligible to vote and there will also be a chance for them to cast their vote by post or online. Ballot papers are set to go out to members in April.
Candidates have to be nominated by two other Trust members and must produce a personal statement as part of the process.
Nominations must be sent to the Elections Officer, John Wareing, by March 31, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to 30, Studholme Crescent, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 9NE.
Rovers Trust has the full approval of Supporters Direct, the official independent Government body set up to advise football fans on taking a stake in their club.
The Trust is being run as a Community Benefit Society. Fans have been encouraged to become members of Rovers Trust at just £10 per year (£5 for juniors) to gain full voting rights and a say in the direction Rovers Trust takes in its bid to take control of Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers’ legends Simon Garner and Glenn Keeley are official supporters among former players. High profile supporters and local businesses have also announced they are backing the Rovers Trust.
They include local MPs Jack Straw, Jake Berry and Graham Jones as well as regional MEP Brian Simpson; Kate Hollern, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council; Sir Bill Taylor and Lord Taylor of Blackburn.
For more information, to become a member and to make a pledge of financial support please visit www.roverstrust.co.uk.