What is The Red and White Army Supporters' Trust?
The Red and White Army Supporters' Trust is an independent, democratic and inclusive supporters group that aims to provide a voice for our membership. We seek to represent our members and try to reflect the views of Sunderland supporters through structured meetings with decision makers at the Club. We aim to assist SAFC as much as possible and to positively influence aspects of how the Club is run, through constructive feedback from our members. Through continued dialogue an appropriate level of trust and transparency can be fostered between the ownership and the fans.
As a Trust (Community Benefit Society), we aim to work with the Club and with other appropriate local stakeholders and charities to help improve our local community.
What do we do?
The Red and White Army Supporters Trust has a variety of activities that we are involved in. These activities are listed below.
Meet with SAFC executives
Hold Committee meetings
Liase with Co-opted Reps
Hold Open Member Meetings
Develop Match Day experience
Partner with local charities and initiatives that seek to improve the local community
How are we structured?
The elected roles are filled on an interim basis by the following until the first Annual General Meeting.
(Appointed by the Board)
A Love Supreme – Martyn McFadden
Away Supporter – Michael McAllister
BLC – Jim Gilling
Corporate – Les Cooper
Disabled Supporter – Chris Carr
Ex Player/Supporter – Gordon Armstrong
Family Zone – Ewan Moffat
SAFC Ladies – Ian Todd
Diversity – Paul Nelson
Roker Report – Richie Speight
SMB Pure Football – Ian Crow
Roker End/Atmosphere – Chris Blyth
Wise Men Say – Michael Lough Under 18s – Dan Hughes
Senior Supporters – Malcolm Bramley
Overseas Supporters – Derek Aspinall
Women Supporters - Janice Chandler
Community Projects Rep - Peter Richardson
What do Red and White Army Representatives bring to the table?
All officers are democratically elected by our members. We ensure that we are as representative as any group can be by co-opting individuals from a wide range of supporters to give a voice for everyone from families to fanzines.
We meet regularly with decision makers at SAFC to cover issues that matter to Sunderland fans and report back to supporters. Through RAWA, the fanbase decides the agenda for each meeting as we canvass supporters through social media and at our own meetings.
We aim to be fully supportive and, where appropriate, take on the role of critical friend to the club. It is important that supporters can influence decisions on how the club is run. We are interested in everything from the price of a pie and the atmosphere to the financial health and governance of SAFC. Owners and players come and go but the fans are constant.
Why Should SAFC meet a Supporters' Trust?
Under EFL Regulations, football clubs are obligated to hold at least two fan engagement sessions per season with an elected supporter group to discuss relevant issues or points of interest. A club should be transparent and honest with its fanbase and it can only benefit a club if owners maintain dialogue with supporters.
How do I get Involved?
Membership of The Red and White Army Supporters Trust is open to everyone - you just need to be a Sunderland fan. We hold open meetings periodically and have an AGM each summer that is open to all Trust Members. You can join via this site.
For more info about how to get involved with the Trust and our projects please don't hesitate to contact us using the channels below.
Get in Touch
Attend Open Member meetings
Opinion Canvassed - eg. input before meetings with SAFC.
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Annual paid subscription
Vote at AGMs and EGMs
Opportunity to Stand for Election
Plus Standard Member benefits