THE “first proper step down the road to full community ownership” of Lewes Football Club was unveiled this week.
A link on the club website has been created where fans interested in holding a stake in the club can leave their details – and later in the summer they will be contacted to be given details on how to become a fully fledged member of the community-owned club – for just £30.
A statement released this week by the club said: “On July 8 last year, Lewes Football Club moved from private to community ownership. To raise funds for the club, the new board has – until now – been issuing Founder Lifetime Membership Shares at a minimum price of £1,000.
“However, to spread ownership wider, from July 8 this year shares in the Rooks will be available at a minimum price of £30 per annum.
“The share comes with the same rights and privileges as those that cost £1,000. But the new share is renewable annually at £30 – in a model similar to FC Barcelona.
“This is an opportunity for supporters of Lewes FC, people of Lewes, Sussex and the wider football world to hold a stake in this great club and help it grow.”
The Lewes Community Football Club Share will entitle each owner to the following:
An official Share Certificate designed by Lewes artist Peter Chasseaud of the Tom Paine Press.
A membership card giving discounts at the club shop, reduced admission to Sussex Senior Cup home games and free entry to exclusive shareholder events.
The right to stand for election to the Board of Directors and the right to vote for candidates in annual elections to that Board.
The first elections for two Board members will be in October this year. To register your interest in owning a share go to www.lewesfc.com/owners
The club will contact you with further details and how to pay. Rules and regulations of ‘Lewes Community Football Club’ (the Community Benefit Society which controls Lewes FC) are available at www.lewesfc.com/society
A Rooks official said: “Although all we’ve done is to create a new page on the website, in actual fact this is the first proper step down the road to full community ownership.”