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ArabTRUST was established in 2003 and is open to all Dundee United supporters.
It is registered as an Industrial & Provident Society to ensure that it operates under strict democratic principles and in the interests of its members at all times. Its main objectives can be summarised as:
- Influence – to influence the decision making of the Club
- Ownership – to acquire a collective shareholding in the Club
- Representation – to secure supporters’ representation on the Board
ArabTRUST are the third largest shareholder in the Dundee United Football Company Ltd and have an Associate Director, Stuart Campbell elected to the Board of Dundee United.
This has been achieved by strategic aims which can best be summarised as supporting United’s youth and community work, whilst increasing the collective shareholding on behalf of fans and thereby increasing their influence at the Club.
Since its formation, ArabTRUST has invested over £250,000 in Dundee United, with most of this directed towards specific and essential items of youth development funding.
Funds raised by ArabTRUST are used to meet four main aims:
Raising funds for the DUFC Youth Development Programme – Through support for the Youth Development Board and as part of the ArabTRUST’’s ongoing development of supporters’ engagement and working alongside the Dundee United Business Club and DUDA to target support for youth development in order to enhance and augment that programme and improve the longer-term prospects for Dundee United’s success and restore it to its proper position as one of the foremost clubs in Scotland.
Raising funds community projects – Through The Dundee United Community Trust and working in partnership with the Club we aim to work with communities across Dundee to help people become happier and healthier and encourage them to be the very best they can be, we will become a key player within our community and drive positive change through innovative projects, targeted at those most in need.
Our priorities will be Under 5’s and Primary School Pupils in Deprived Areas / Disinterested Secondary School Pupils / Looked After Children and Young People / Unemployed Young People / Looked after and disadvantaged Young People / Under Represented Groups / These with a disability / Carers / The Elderly & Lonely / People effected with Substance Abuse.
Buying shares in the Dundee United Football Company Ltd. – ArabTRUST holds the third largest shareholding in United giving our members a meaningful collective ownership stake in the Club. We pursue a policy of seeking shares in United in return for its funding inputs.
Fan Representation – ArabTRUST has an Associate Directorship on the Dundee United Board of Directors. This ensures the views of our members are represented.
The Trust has also provided essential funding and sponsorship for specific projects and initiatives, which might never have been implemented without the financial support of the Trust. These annual sponsorship amounts are such that ArabTRUST is now regarded as one of the official sponsors of Dundee United.
The Trust also provides non monetary support in terms of undertaking Anti Racism and Anti Bigotry seminars for schoolchildren, Foodbank Collections, resource assistance at peak periods and other valuable assistance of a general nature to the Club.
ArabTRUST is the major sponsor of the Dundee United Hall of Fame.
Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson said, “We are indebted to the members of ArabTRUST for all of their valuable support over the years. It is perhaps not always appreciated just how much support and funding the Trust has provided to the Club and, indeed, all of the hard work undertaken to not only raise the funds for this, but also to undertake all of the other activities supported by the Trust. I’d therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of ArabTRUST and its hard working Board for their invaluable support and assistance. I’d also encourage more supporters to join the Trust and help them expand and develop further.”
You can become a member of ArabTRUST for just £15 a year at either of our two Tannadice ‘Tangerine Trading Posts’ in the Lower Eddie Thompson & the Lower George Fox, Groucho’s in Dundee City Centre or here.
For latest updates regarding ArabTRUST – The Dundee United Supporters Society please visit our news page. Membership details and other information can be obtained from the Trust.
Post: ArabTRUST, PO Box 10053, Dundee, DD3 6YX