The DFC Trust are a group of Dundalk supporters who work to promote Dundalk Football Club as well as raise funds through a number of projects.
The Trust are 100% independent from Dundalk Football Club while working very closely with the club on a wide range of issues.
In 2010, a decision was made to register the DFC Trust as a legal entity. This process is ongoing and is due to be complete by the end of the 2010 season.
The DFC Trust committee meet on a weekly basis. We are always very interested to hear from Dundalk fans who wish to join our committee. If you would like to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The DFC Trust aim to represent Dundalk supporter’s interests and to help Dundalk Football Club raise the finance required to help the club compete in the Airtricity League Premier Division.
How are these objectives met?
The DFC Trust regularly communicate with Dundalk FC officials on a wide range of issues. The Trust and the Club have a very good working relationship and we work together to resolve any issues that arise.
The DFC Trust help supporters stay in regular communications with Dundalk through the use of our website, dundalkfc.com, and our Matchday Magazine. Both of these initiatives have won awards in recent years.
Many issues that arise can only be adequately solved by the raising of additional finance. The Trust raise funds through a variety of fundraisers and sponsorship.
The DFC Trust have concentrated upon the following projects.
1. DFC Patron Scheme
2. Champions League Draw
3. Dundalk FC Matchday Magazine
5. Merchandise Shop Management
6. Dundalk FC Poker Classic
7. Goaltime Sales
What Is the DFC Patron Scheme and How Can I Join?
The DFC Trust are a group of Dundalk fans who work to promote Dundalk FC and help with fundraising and the day to day running of the club. The DFC Trust’s most important fundraising initiative is the Patron Scheme that has raised more than €100,000 to the club over the past three years. The DFC Trust are very keen for more Dundalk fans to join up to the Patron Scheme in 2011 to help boost the team budget so we can help the club in a quest for honours!
What’s the difference between a Supporters Trust and a Supporter’s Club?
Official Supporter’s Clubs are becoming an increasingly outdated form of supporter involvement in football club’s across Europe. Old fashioned Supporter’s Clubs often had constitutions that did not give them any say in the running of their clubs and expected them to just give their time and fundraise without any input into the direction their club was taking or where money raised should be directed.
Trust’s are independent organisations that work with their clubs in partnership. In some occasions, Trusts have been known to take over full control of their club. For example, Cork City FC would have ceased to exist if it was not for the work of the Cork City Trust (FORAS) who now have full control of their club.
How can a Trust become successful?
The only way a Supporter’s Trust can become successful is through the involvement of supporters. This can be through financial support such as membership of the Patron Scheme or by becoming actively involved in the DFC Trust committee or Trust related projects.
Dundalk FC is one of the best supported clubs in the country. However, the size of the DFC Trust committee is much too small. The success of the DFC Trust will be limited unless this improves.