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Nottingham Evening Post, December 20, 2016

Nottingham Panthers fans aim to set up first supporters trust in Elite League ice hockey

By MattDavies December 20, 2016

A group of Nottingham Panthers fans are working to achieve a first for Elite League ice hockey by setting up a supporters trust.

Trusts already exist across a range of other sports, most prominently football and rugby league.


At this stage those behind the idea of a Panthers Trust are looking to grow awareness and interest in the proposal.

 

A meeting for interested fans is scheduled for around 6.30pm on Monday January 2 in the Bunkers Hill pub after Panthers' home game with the Edinburgh Capitals.

If enough interest is generated the next steps for the group will be to hold an open public meeting where a public vote would take place, a positive result from that vote would see the Trust move on to the next stage of formation as a registered legal entity.

One of the fans behind the proposal said: "We're really looking to spread the word and get as many people involved as possible so that, providing we get enough support to go ahead and officially form a trust, we've got a broad mix of skills to help propel the trust forward.

 

"What we're also keen to get across is that this is not a protest group or something set up to lock horns with the club, quite the opposite.

 

"The overwhelming drive behind what we are looking to do is positive with an aim, ultimately, to work with the club to forge an ever better relationship with the fantastic, loyal Nottingham fan base."

 

Alongside the scheduled meeting, information is available on Twitter at @NPSupporters, at www.pantherstrust.org or by contacting rob@pantherstrust.co.uk.

 

Meanwhile, Panthers have announced the face-off time for the home game against Edinburgh Capitals has been moved to 4pm.

The club cites 'popular demand' for the decision.

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