FANS of Cork City FC are set to showcase how they run the club in a series of roadshows across the county aimed at encouraging more supporters to get involved in the club's ownership.
Friends of the Rebel Army Society (FORAS) will take the Cork City ethos to various locations around the county, with members of the board available to meet with fans and discuss the various aspects of running a football club.
The Turner's Cross based side is owned entirely by club members who contribute €10 a month. The board of management is elected by members and AGM agendas are influenced by the views of fans.
The first FORAS roadshow event takes place in Fermoy at the community centre at 7-9pm on Wednesday. It is hoped the roadshows will highlight the benefits of FORAS members to people in the north Cork area.
FORAS chairperson Pat Lyons will discuss the current infrastructure of the club with supporters, while vice-chairperson Mike Derham will speak about FORAS involvement with the Club and Supporters for Better Governance in Football group and the Irish Supporters' Network. Secretary Darren O'Keeffe will outline the plans to grow FORAS membership, while John F Kennedy will speak about how FORAS works within the communities in Cork and beyond.
Derek Lynch will take general questions and Shane O'Connor will talk about contracts and the legalities of running a football club.
A spokesperson for the club said, "At the roadshow, visitors can chat with the board of management, and even view some of the silverware that has found its way to the club in recent years, along with historic mementos, and jerseys from recent times.
"The goal of the roadshow is to spread the word of what FORAS is about, what we stand for, how you can join FORAS. You can also offer feedback and questions about what goes on behind the scenes at Cork City FC.
"As CCFC continues to grow, it is vital that FORAS helps the wider community understand their ethos, and how FORAS will help push the club to the next level."
Some of Cork City's recent silverware haul will be on display along with club mementos and historic jerseys.
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