Football Stadiums as Assets of Community Value

A seminar as part of the Sport Business Centre Seminar Series

Given by: Tom Hall, former Head of England at Supporters Direct, and Mark Panton, Secretary, Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust

Lankaster Lecture Theatre (University College London – UCL)
Medawar Building
Malet Place (off Torrington Place) 
London WC1
Monday 18th November 2013 at 6pm

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This event will operate under “Chatham House Rules” – no external reporting without the permission of the speakers


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The Localism Act (2011) that passed into legislation in September 2012 allows for community groups to nominate certain assets that play an important role in communities (such as community centres, libraries, swimming pools, village shops, markets or pubs) to be listed as an Asset of Community Value. If accepted it provides the community group with a six week period in which to express an interest in bidding for the asset should it be put up for sale. In addition there is a further period after a community group’s initial expression of bidding has been made to allow a community interest group to put a bid together.

There has been much debate about how a football stadium is a community asset and already a number of supporters’ trusts have used the Community Rights derived from the Localism Act (2011) to request their football stadium is designated as an Asset of Community Value. The benefits are clear – it will not allow a football club /stadium owner to sell a stadium without a supporters group knowing about it or even having the chance to put together a bid. The first to do so was the Oxford United Supporters Trust (the Kassam Stadium) in May 2013 but more recently the application made to Trafford Council by the Manchester United Supporters Trust was accepted, with Old Trafford now listed as an Asset of Community Value.

Supporters Direct, the organisation responsible for the promoting supporter and community engagement has supported this legislation and has provided guidance to any supporters’ trust that was considering nominating their stadium as an Asset of Community Value. There are now over 10 football stadia listed as ACVs.

This seminar brings together Tom Hall, formerly Head of England at SD and who was responsible for the application of this Community Right in football, and Mark Panton, secretary at Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust (and Birkbeck PhD student). Tom will provide a background and context to this Act, before Mark will give an account of his involvement in the nomination of Champion Hill stadium which has recently been granted an Asset of Community Value.

This seminar is open to the public and will be of particular interest to anyone involved in a supporters’ trust that would like to learn more about the process of nominating their football club stadium as an Asset of Community Value.


For further information on Assets of Community Value please go to

Supporters Direct –

A detailed background to the Dulwich Hamlet case can be found here –

Contact details

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763


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