The Scottish FA have published a guide detailing how clubs could potentially benefit from Community Asset Transfers.
As the document states:
‘With the advent of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, the opportunities for clubs and community organisations to undertake long-term leases and acquire facilities through ‘Community Asset Transfer’ will continue to increase over the coming years. This process will present many clubs and community based organisations with great opportunities to put down permanent roots and further develop their football plans with the comfort of security of tenure of their site.’
Many clubs in Scotland may be considering applying for Community Asset Transfers from properly constituted groups which councils are obligated to consider and this guide provides a lot of very useful information about the process and includes readiness tools which clubs can use to self-examine their capacity for an asset transfer.
It’s important to note that ownership of assets such as pitches are not a panacea and indeed could be a liability rather than an asset if not managed properly. Between every application will need to be a community engagement strategy, proper and correct governance and a sound business and club development plan.
If you’re considering a CAT, we’d love to hear from you and see how we can help you along the way – particularly around the incorporation of your organisation (giving it a legal entity capable of taking ownership of an asset and offering limited liability for its members) and the raising of capital necessary for renovations and developments.