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FC United back supporters direct & international year of co-operatives

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January 12th saw the official launch of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives, as designated by the United Nations. There are over 1.4 million Co-operatives across the globe, with over 1 billion members. Today will be marked with events in the UK, France, Portugal, China and Canada, kicking off a year of activity highlighting the work done by Co-operatives around the world.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “2012 is a truly unique year for the co-operative movement.

“This is an opportunity for every co-operative, from locally owned community shops to national brands in the UK co-operative sector, to show how they build a better world by pursuing both economic viability and social responsibility.”

Fans website, Supporters Direct is committed to the growth of co-operative, democratic supporter ownership in football, and works with groups in the UK and over 20 countries to achieve this goal. A number of co-operatively owned clubs have today released a joint statement, highlighting the crucial role of fan ownership in ensuring the health of the game and sustainable clubs.

Andy Walsh, General Manager of FC United of Manchester, said that the club were “proud to sign this statement of intent and to be part of a growing movement that is demonstrating a democratic, cooperative alternative to the way football is currently owned and run.”

Supporters Direct echoes these sentiments, and encourages all our members and supporters to involve themselves in this celebration of the values that underpin the work done by Supporters’ Trusts and supporter owned clubs throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

To find out more about the United Nations 2012 International Year of Co-operatives visit the ICA at www.2012.coop or the United Nations at http://­social.­un.­org/­coopsyear

For further information about what is happening in the UK throughout the International Year, visit the Co-operatives UK website at www.­uk.­coop/­2012



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