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Stones join campaign to reboot the national game

‘We are all rivals on the field but off it our clubs need to come together in the interests of good governance and sustainability’ – Oliver Ash, Maidstone United

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Maidstone United have joined a coalition of clubs working together to improve governance of football in England and Wales.

The Stones have signed up to Fair Game, which already boasts Accrington Stanley, Bury AFC, Cambridge United, Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Newport County AFC, Tonbridge Angels and AFC Wimbledon as members.

The group will be working together to find long-term solutions to governance structures, sustainability, integrity and community issues currently in the game.

Fair Game seek to influence and work with the government’s fan-led review, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, to ensure the opportunity for fair, lasting change is taken.

Oliver Ash, joint owner at Maidstone United, said: “Having read what Fair Game stands for, it was a simple decision for us to sign up.

“Football needs far better governance. A good example of this is last week’s National League EGM, where half the clubs voted for a motion of no confidence in the chairman and board, yet the league pass it off as a convincing result in their favour because of an unfair voting system.

“The events of the past year and the government review into football have given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the game.”

Niall Couper, director of Fair Game and a board member of the Dons Trust, owners of AFC Wimbledon, added: “Fair Game is firmly committed to delivering real change.

“Fair Game is not a breakaway, but we believe it will be the breakthrough the game needs. Over the next few weeks we are holding a series of open workshops and developing detailed and realistic solutions to football’s problems.”

To tune in to the sessions visit www.fairgameuk.org/events and register.