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Establishment of Charlton Supporters Trust gets green light at meeting
A MOTION to set up a Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust was passed unanimously at a meeting last night.
Last night’s event at Charlton Conservative club was attended by around 30 fans and was hailed by organisers as a “resounding success”.
It is planned the Trust will be formally established on December 5, the 20th anniversary of the club’s historic return to The Valley.
Interim chair Barnie Razzell said: “We are making steady progress and this endorsement confirms that.
“Both fans and Supporters Direct have given their support.
“However, we have a lot of work ahead.
“We need to get our message to more of our fans about why we need this Trust so we can build a truly representative body that can help safeguard our club in these uncertain times in football for years to come.”
Mr Razzell added the newly established Supporters Trust’s aspiration is to enable fans to have a greater input into the day-to-day running of Charlton Athletic.
He explained: “Around two years ago this club nearly went out of business and there was no Supporters Trust to step in and offer assistance, we as fans care too much about this club to sit back and let the past repeat itself sometime in the future.
“Some people think a Trust is only needed in a time of crisis.
“However, there is a lot to be said for forming one during the good times.
“We will create a network of Charlton Fans that can react to a change in circumstances, but also assist the club with growing our fan base, revitalising our supporter group, and other shared objectives beneficial to the club.
“Longer term we would also like to try to achieve a greater role for fan involvement in the running of the club.”
The Supporters Trust is now on the lookout for new members and is urging Addicks fans to sign up.
Membership costs £5 a year and is free for U16s.
For more information, or to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org, follow @castrust on Twitter, facebook.com/castrust or visit castrust.org
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