Our Mission: “To promote, develop and support Kilmarnock FC and the game of football in the community”
- Through membership from the supporters of Kilmarnock FC, we will aim to provide direct and indirect influence over the running of the football club, ensuring the opinions of the supporters are considered before decisions are made by the board of directors at the club.
- We will create and develop a working relationship with the people and organisations responsible for the day to day running & long term planning of Kilmarnock Football Club.
- The need to continue to strengthen the bonds of our relationship with the club and interests of Ayrshire can only benefit the needs of all concerned. The Trust will also strive to benefit present and future members of the community by promotion, encouragement and furthering the sport of football in Ayrshire. In the long term, this also includes helping to further the sport at our national and international level.
- The Trust will also encourage Kilmarnock FC to take proper account of the interests and safety of its supporters and the community in which the club serves when decisions of such matters are made.
- At all times, the Trust will respect the rights of all members of the community served by the club and will strive to provide information to the people of Ayrshire and conduct the Trust affairs in accessible and appropriate ways.
The Killie Trust has eight Clear Objectives in its constitution, which it will continue to deliver upon as the business moves forward:
- To strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club;
- To benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement;
- To further the development of the game of football nationally and internationally and the upholding of its rules;
- To encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and of the community it serves in its decisions;
- To encourage and promote the principle of supporter representation on the board of any company owning or controlling the Club and ultimately to be the vehicle for democratic elections to the board;
- To promote, develop and respect the rights of members of the community served by the Club and people dealing with the Society as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, having regard in particular to the need to provide information to members and conduct the affairs of the Society in accessible and appropriate ways;
- To encourage Society members who are Club shareholders to assign their proxy vote to the Society;
- to promote and support Youth Development within the district of Ayrshire, for the future benefit of Kilmarnock Football Club.
Origins of The Killie Trust
On 1st October 1999, the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon. Chris Smith MP announced a new Government initiative to help give supporters a say in the running of their football clubs. The result was the formation of Supporters Direct in England and Wales. After a long campaign by Scottish football fans, Mike Watson MSP, the Minister for Sport in Scotland, announced two-year funding for supporters direct to extend their work north of the border. This funding started in April 2002. Their aim is to offer support, advice and information to groups of supporters who wish to play a responsible part in the life of the clubs they support.
The Kilmarnock Supporters Society Limited (The Killie Trust) was constituted in May 2003. The Trust objectives have been discussed and decided upon by the initial group of dedicated committee members and are there to serve the purpose of the club, supporters and local community.
Throughout the initial processes, the Trust has been assisted by James Proctor of Supporter Direct (Scotland). This is a relationship the Trust is keen to acknowledge and indeed continue for the future, as Supporters Direct (Scotland) have an extensive support network consisting of business leaders and legal officials, as well as being able to link Kilmarnock to other Supporters' Trusts around the country.
The Trust has been constituted in accordance with guidelines laid down by The Scottish Executive, through Supporters Direct (Scotland). The Trust has been registered as a Limited company through Cobbetts Solicitors (Manchester), who have acted as lawyers for all constituted Football Trusts in this country and registered them as Industrial and Provident Societies (IPS).