IPS stands for Industrial & Provident Society, the legal structure detailing the constitution or set of rules on which FC United of Manchester was established in 2005.
By adopting an IPS structure, amongst other things, FC United is a one-member- one-vote club. The IPS is important because it dictates that every member owns an equal share in the club and has an equal say in how it is run and who runs it.
The AGM is the club's Annual General Meeting held each autumn; the club holds a further General Meeting in the Spring.
The AGM decides the overall policy and direction of the football club which guides the club board in the day to day running of the club. At the club's AGM ideas and suggestions from members and the club board are voted on by the club's members. The AGM also gives members the opportunity to stand for and be elected to the club board.
Members have the opportunity to vote on resolutions put to the meeting by their fellow members or the club board. For example, at FC United's first AGM the club's members decided that no sponsorship will appear on the first team playing shirt. Other matters such as ticket prices and whether the club should introduce a new playing shirt are also decided on at the AGM. Members also have the opportunity to vote for those members standing for election to the club's board.
Using the one member-one-vote-system an FC United member has the opportunity to vote for their chosen candidates either at the AGM, using the ballot papers provided, or by post in advance of the meeting. Any member can stand for election to the club's board with the support of fellow members. Nominations are requested in the club's AGM notice to all members and must be submitted 45 days in advance of the AGM.
If a member wishes to submit a resolution to the wider membership then they can do so at one of the club's general meetings. The club holds general meetings for the consideration of club business twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. A resolution should be submitted at least 45 days in advance of a General Meeting. In line with best practice elsewhere and to ensure the seriousness of each proposal the resolution requires the support of at least five additional members.
Any member can submit suggestions or questions to the board at anytime. These should be directed to the FC United Board via the club office: Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board are responsible for deciding the strategy and direction of FC United and make collective decisions about wider issues which affect the football club and its members.
No, the role is an entirely voluntary one.
Board members meet at least once a month to review all areas of the clubs performance and discuss the strategies needed to drive the club forward. Board members are also involved in daily discussions about the running of the football club.
The board of FC United, strive to run the club in the interests of its members. If any member has concerns about how the club is being run the board encourages members to contact the office by post via the club office: Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ or by email email@example.com.
As above, if any member has ideas which they feel could contribute to the success of the football club the board encourages them to contact the office by post via the club office: Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FC United relies heavily on its army of volunteers. If you wish to volunteer your time and expertise to FC United and help in any way then please contact email@example.com current volunteering opportunities can be found here.
You say the club will avoid outright commercialism, why do you sell merchandise?
The club sells merchandise to raise funds for the club. These funds are used to help run and develop the football club, for example the establishment of youth and reserve teams, as well as community based initiatives. The board of FC United, in keeping with the club's core principals, is committed to ensuring that merchandise is only made available as long as supporters are keen to put money into their football club. All profits generated from official merchandise is put back into the club.
Current board members can be found here.