- WHO ARE WE? -
The Canaries Trust is part of a growing network of supporter trust throughout the UK and is run on a non-profit basis by an elected board of volunteers with the primary purpose of raising funds to buy shares in Norwich City Football Club on behalf of the fans.
With modern football moving from its community roots to a more corporate approach it is only by supporters holding a significant shareholding that they can be sure of having a voice on important matters.
So if you want to show your support for the club by having a stake in a growing shareholding and a channel for sensible dialogue with the club on matters that fans care about then we would love to welcome you on board.
As well as our regular communications with the club we are also actively involved via our membership of the Football Supporters’ Association on national issues, such as trying to obtain agreement from clubs to cap the price of away tickets and to combat homophobia and racism at grounds as well as the ongoing debate about safe standing.
However, the most important reason for the Canaries Trust to exist is that players, managers and even owners come and go but through the good times and the bad the fans are there for life.
A large fan shareholding is an insurance policy against unforeseen events at our Football Club.
As football becomes a bigger and bigger business, few fans are able to personally retain a meaningful share in the ownership of their clubs. The result has been that the voice of the fans on matters affecting their clubs’ futures grows weaker.
The record of “new owners” taking over Clubs has been worrying, sometimes leading to asset stripping, meddling with club identity (the attempt to rename Hull City and the change of shirt colour at Cardiff City are good examples) and relocation of football stadia. A strong fan share base can help fight such problems.
Joining the Trust is a way to buy your own share in the ownership of Norwich City Football Club for £12 a year, considerably less than the price of an individual NCFC share. By allowing fans to own shares collectively we can ensure that owning a share of the club becomes a realistic goal for many more Norwich City fans.
In addition to building our membership we also undertake various fund-raising initiatives throughout the year, such as the Canary Challenge and our attendance at the Royal Norfolk Show.
The Canaries Trust is able to accept shares from existing shareholders within Norwich City Football Club PLC either as donations or bequests. Our Trust Secretary will be delighted to assist you with this process (follow the NCFC Shares tab).
The Trust is also willing to purchase shares from individuals, subject to the availability of funds and price required, although it is not our policy to pay more than face value for shares.