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Community Trust Day on Saturday
Monday, 10th Feb 2020 16:55

Town have designated Saturday’s game against Burton Albion Community Trust Day with fans asked to Bring a Pound to the Ground to donate to the club’s charitable arm, which was relaunched in August.

Volunteers will be outside Portman Road and in the FanZone collecting money for the Community Trust which has made significant progress since its return, six years after the club severed ties with its Charitable Trust.
 
Head of community Jason Curtis said: “We’re working with 6,000 children and vulnerable adults a week.
 
“It’s vital for the continuity of the football club that we’re present in the community.

“First and foremost, it creates a fan base. We’re creating positive role models through our coaches and children are becoming more and more interested with the club.”

Like the Charitable Trust before it, the Community Trust is largely responsible for much of its own funding and Curtis says the cash raised on Saturday will make a significant impact.
 
“Any finances that are generated from Community Trust Day will be vital,” he added. “It’ll allow us to up skill existing coaches, recruit additional coaches and buy new equipment that’ll enable us to enhance our offering.”

Town have a number of events planned for Saturday including three pre-match coaching sessions run by Trust coaches in the FanZonefrom 12.30pm - 1pm, 1pm - 1.30pm and 1.30pm - 2pm. The sessions are free for children, just turn up on the day and speak to the coaches.
 
The club has sent out 2,000 tickets to every player in the Trust’s development centre, while Trust representatives will be flying the flag and forming a guard of honour as the players emerge from the tunnel ahead of kick-off. In addition, at half-time Beccles Wildcats will be taking part in the Portman Penalty Prize.
 
Those not attending the Burton Albion match who would like to make a donation to the Trust can do so via the button at the top right of the Trust’s website.

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RegencyBlue added 20:38 - Feb 10
Just remind me why this had to be relaunched?

Was it junked as part of the cost cutting?
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PhilTWTD added 21:20 - Feb 10
Not really due to cost as such, has never been something funded by the club, was more that the role of the old Charitable Trust wasn't appreciated by those at the top at the time. As per the link in the story, the club went a different way around doing some of the roles which were the Trust's.
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Daz added 10:40 - Feb 11
Yes it was funded but town cut the funding
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Daz added 10:41 - Feb 11
Add not full funded by town of course. What was it 30,000 50,000 per year?
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