ArabTRUST - The Dundee United Supporters Society - started in 2003 and is now the third largest shareholder in the Dundee United Football Company Ltd.
Our strategic aims can best be summarised as supporting Dundee United’s youth and community work, whilst increasing our collective shareholding on behalf of fans and thereby increasing their influence at the Club.
Since its formation, ArabTRUST has invested around £200,000 in Dundee United, with most of this directed towards specific and essential items of youth development funding.
Funds raised by ArabTRUST are used to meet four main aims:
Raising funds for the Dundee United youth system – Sponsorship of the non professional youth development teams for all age groups to allow purchase of essential playing kit. Purchase of further specific items of kit, such as track suits and polo shirts when necessary and assistance with transportation costs and other equipment. ArabTRUST has also provided assistance to the Club’s youth academy set up at St John’s High School, Dundee (see picture below of the arabtrust.co.uk sponsored kits)
Assisting with and raising funds for football related community projects - Including specific funding for the Club’s not for profit community schools project run by Dave Bowman, the organisation of anti racism and anti sectarianism seminars for local schools and other community based projects.
Buying shares in the Dundee United Football Company Ltd. – ArabTRUST now holds the third largest shareholding in Dundee United giving our members a meaningful collective ownership stake in the Club. We pursue a policy of seeking shares in United in return for its funding inputs.
Fan Representation – ArabTRUST has an Associate Directorship on the Dundee United Board of Directors to ensure the views of our members are represented.
Funds are raised by sales of merchandise, donations from retailers via our Megastore, functions and, of course, membership fees.
You can become a member of ArabTRUST for just £15 a year at either of our two Tannadice 'Tangerine Trading Posts' in the Lower Eddie Thompson & the Lower George Fox, Groucho's in Dundee City Centre, or by clicking HERE
A more detailed description:-
ArabTRUST is an organisation where all supporters can get together in a very structured way - making it easy for the club to understand what the supporters, as a body, feel about a particular issue. It can deliver a single message from a large body of people and the strength of that message is difficult for the club to ignore.
The people who started ArabTRUST borrowed basic ideas from other supporters societies.
Many Supporters’ Trusts had been established in England and only a handful in Scotland (Celtic, Aberdeen, Falkirk, Morton, Hibs and Partick Thistle). There was no government funding in Scotland until in April 2001. The then Sports Minister Mike Watson gave Supporters Direct in Scotland £250,000.
Supporters Direct set out to spread the idea and provide help to supporter groups. ArabTRUST was set up with their help.
The Dundee United Business Club, Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs, United for Change and a few unaffiliated fans that were interested in the formation of ArabTRUST met to establish the formation and a working party was formed.
We launched ArabTRUST on the 1st February 2003 at the Tangerine Club. In attendance were Dundee United Chairman Eddie Thompson, Mike Watson MSP, James Proctor (Supporters Direct), former players Jimmy Briggs, Dave Bowman, Willie Pettigrew and Danny Griffin.
We are formally called "The Dundee United Supporters Society ".
It is registered with the Registry of Friendly Societies. You will know it as ArabTRUST - The Dundee United Supporters Society - its more common name.
For those of you that are interested, it is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 -1978. Registration number 29504R.
It has a set of 121 Rules (the "Constitution" or "Model Rules" drawn up for us by Cobbetts, solicitors of Manchester) and these give strict guidance to the way it is run. The Registry has approved these Rules and the Registry must also approve any changes. And they will not allow any changes that weaken the principles of ArabTRUST.
A download of the Rules in PDF format is available here
The most important of these are:
- It exists for the benefit of its members (you!)
- It must be inclusive so that anyone who cares about the club can join
- Any money it receives can only be used toward achieving its aims
- It is democratic - one member gets one vote no matter how much money they give
There can be no changes to these principles unless the members as a whole vote for it (in practice this means they will not change).
ArabTRUST has not been set up to replace existing supporters clubs and organisations. But to be an 'umbrella' group where all such bodies can work together with individual supporters to bring the club closer to the community.
To find out more about these and how you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great way to get involved in the work of ArabTRUST and make a real contribution to its success.
ArabTRUST exists for the benefit of its members - you!
The aims of ArabTRUST are all about the well being of the club, bringing it closer to the community of Dundee and the surrounding areas of Angus, Perth & Kinross and Fife, helping the development of young footballers in the area.
By supporting ArabTRUST you support these ideals.
Any money you contribute will help ArabTRUST achieve its aims and all monies will only ever be used for the benefit of Dundee United Football Club
The cost of running ArabTRUST will be kept to a minimum and will be met from a proportion of the membership fees. Annual Membership for Adults is £15.00 Under 18’s are free. We also set-up a Foundation Membership scheme where £100 including (Annual fee) can help us do more for ArabTRUST.