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Robins Trust invest further in the long term success of Cheltenham Town

A new £8,000 investment has strengthened the Robins Trust’s stake in Cheltenham Town Football Club.

The latest investment means the Trust now holds close to 190,000 shares and holds the fourth largest stake in the club.

It now means that over the past 14 years £284,644 has been invested in the club on behalf of the supporters.

Robins Trust Fan Elected Director Dave Beesley said that the current investment came after a request from the club at a board meeting.

“After receiving the request from the club, we had a discussion among the Trust board about whether the Trust was able to invest,” he said.

“We have a duty in our constitution to maintain prudent reserves – a rainy day fund if you will – but the unanimous feeling of the board was that to make an £8,000 investment.

“This investment was made possible by the fantastic support of our members and match day draw punters.

“The Trust would love to continue making investments like this as part of its commitment to the long term success of the club.

“The more members, and participants in our various events and the match day draw, the bigger our future investments can be.”

While in the past the Trust have earmarked special projects for investment or invested on the proviso that money is spent on certain things, this policy will change.

After receiving advice from Supporters Direct – the umbrella organisation for Supporters Trusts – the Trust will write to the club to outline a change in policy.

Trust chairman James Young explained: “Dave and I were tasked by the Trust board to speak with Supporters Direct and ask their advice on the best way for the Trust to operate.

“After those discussions and advice from Supporters Direct a proposal was made to the Trust board to make a change.

“Supporters Direct have advised us to have a more formal relationship with the Club and the only proviso on this investment is that we hold meetings to explore that new relationship.

“We want to be a friend and supporter of the Club, but we are also duty-bound to represent our members and all Robins fans’ interests, to be a critical friend.

“I have written to the club explaining this proposed new relationship and look forward to meeting with them soon.”

Trust Statement on Fan Conduct

The Robins Trust welcome and support Cheltenham Town Football Club in reiterating it’s stance on intolerance and any form of discrimination

Please help us and the Club in making the Jonny-Rocks Stadium a friendly, inclusive atmosphere where everybody can feel safe enjoying a game of football.

If you witness abuse of any kind, please contact your nearest steward – or report it anonymously via your Fan Elected Director, Dave Beesley – fed@robinstrust.org

Let’s get ‘Gloucestershire United’ for Goals Beyond Grass

APPALLED by the shocking vandalism suffered by Goals Beyond Grass, the Robins Trust is aiming to unite Gloucestershire’s sports clubs and meet the £12,000 repair bill.

A little over a week ago, vandals broke into the storeroom used by Goals Beyond Grass and trashed six specialist wheelchairs used by the county’s Powerchair Football team.

The specialist chairs are not only used by the charity, but for doing outstanding community work in schools, retirement homes and learning disability centres across Gloucestershire.

So, at the last monthly meeting of the Robins Trust board, it was unanimously agreed that the Trust would kick-start a fundraising bid to meet the repair bill in full.

The Robins Trust’s Fan Elected Director Dave Beesley explained: “As a board we were all absolutely appalled by the vandalism.

“One of our former Board members is closely involved with Goals Beyond Grass and we know it’s a charity that does fantastic work across Gloucestershire.

“We immediately decided that we wanted to help and are now calling on all the professional sports clubs in the county to help us match the expected £12,000 repair bill.”

Working alongside former FED Murry Toms, the Trust have initiated a Crowdfunding Campaign.

They have also put in the first £500 donation and are calling upon Gloucestershire sport to unite and follow suit.

“The Trust is going to kick-start that with £500 and we would love all of Gloucestershire’s professional sports clubs to follow our lead,” Beesley added.

“Normally all the money we make through fund-raising is invested in Cheltenham Town shares, but we all passionately felt that we should help the Gloucestershire community.

“We hope that Cheltenham Town, Forest Green Rovers, Gloucester Rugby and Gloucestershire Cricket will at least match our donation and hopefully give more to this wonderful charity.

“Gloucestershire has some wonderful sports clubs, who do a great deal for the community and we would love to see ‘Gloucestershire United’ to help Goals Beyond Grass.”

Donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gbg