· Offer to club during covid-19 crisis
The Trust board met virtually this week and resolved to offer the football club support in promoting any fans-led funding initiative that the club may wish to bring forward during the ongoing covid-19 crisis.
Chief executive James Whiting responded, thanking the Trust for the offer but saying that chairman Kelvin Thomas and the club’s board felt that they did not want to impose further hardship on supporters who themselves are finding the present situation tough financially.
· Trust’s financial backing for Community Trust’s befriending service
The Trust is financially supporting the Community Trust’s befriending service during the covid-19 crisis, as part of the #KeepCalmAndCobblerOn initiative.
Monthly payments will be made to the Community Trust for the duration of the coronavirus football lockdown. The payments are being made from the monthly profits of the Trust’s Club 500 fundraiser.
· Club 500
If you are not already a member of Club 500, please consider joining up now and help support the Community Trust’s work at the present time.
For just £5 a month, you have the chance to win substantial monthly prizes and, of course, help the Trust support the club’s work in the community.
Details of the scheme can be found on our website – www.ntfctrust.co.uk – or you can contact promoter Roger Averill for details at email@example.com
· Community ownership
The Trust continues to work behind the scenes on bringing together a future community ownership model for the football club.
The Football Supporters’ Association has provided a blueprint for how such a model could look for Northampton Town FC.
This will be discussed by board members initially and then rolled out to Trust members for comment.
· Superfan honorary memberships
The recent news surrounding superfan Lee Geary’s devotion to the Cobblers has prompted us to offer honorary Trust membership to Lee and to other supporters who have followed the club the length and breadth of the country over many years.
We are aware that Alan Claridge and Andy and Amanda Gregg also qualify as superfans worthy of similar recognition.
If you know of anyone else who qualifies for their dedicated and long-serving support of the Cobblers then please let us know!
· Open meeting
The present lockdown of course means that our scheduled open meeting for Cobblers fans, due to be held this month, has had to be postponed.
Should restrictions lift in the near future, we will look to schedule an open meeting during the summer months.
This will be an opportunity for all Cobblers fans to meet the Trust board and discuss the future of football, Sixfields development, community ownership, safe standing and any other matter that potentially impacts the future of the Cobblers.