On Monday 28th June members of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust Board met with the Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Kieron Williams and fellow councillor and Dulwich Hamlet fan, Catherine Rose. In an introductory meeting between the new leader and the Supporters Trust it was an opportunity to reflect on the role of the Club in the community, discuss the current situation (including a much-anticipated return to normality), as well as thoughts on the needs of the club, fans and wider community regarding the new stadium development.
Cllr Williams re-emphasised the importance of Dulwich Hamlet as a major part of the fabric of the Borough, with live football being seen as a real benefit to the area. Regarding the current proposals for a new stadium and the development of the existing ground, we discussed achieving a balance that would future proof DHFC in its traditional home alongside benefitting the wider community; noting the need for transparency and flexibility on all sides as the plans develop.
The Government’s fan-led review into football governance was also covered, following the recent session featuring Dulwich Hamlet. The Trust were asked how their significant stake in the club translated into representation and influence on decisions at club level as well as questions relating to future plans and ambitions.
Finally, there were discussions about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and environmental sustainability with the Trust and Council keen to work together on making Dulwich Hamlet a model for the wider borough on these and other issues.
We look forward to welcoming Cllrs Williams to Champion Hill in the near future.