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CTFC Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

The Football Club held its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, March 27th. As is traditional, this was followed by a fans’ forum.

The Robins Trust is the fourth largest shareholder in the Football Club, and was represented.

The Chairman of the Trust, James Young put forward questions that were submitted by Trust members.

Our Fan Elected Director was present along with other members of the Club Board to answer questions from shareholders.

Michael Duff answered questions in the fans’ forum afterwards

To read a full report on the questions asked, we recommend the report by Gloucestershire Live report Jon Palmer, which can be read here.

Submit your Questions to the Club for the upcoming Fans Forum

This week, the Football Club are holding their annual shareholders meeting and fans forum and the Trust will be in attendance.

Through the Trust, the fans are the fourth largest shareholder in Cheltenham Town and we always want to ensure views of the average fan are heard by the board.

We have our Fan Elected Director as a conduit to that happening every day, but events like the shareholders meeting offer another chance for Trust members to have their say.

All attendees are welcome to ask questions, however questions from shareholders will be invited first, and all Trust members are shareholders in our Club.

So, Trust chairman James Young will be attending the meeting as the Trust’s formal representative and will ask any questions put forward by Trust members.

Only questions put forward by existing, full Trust members can be asked. But please use this chance to air any praise, questions or criticism you may have, so we can help build a better club.

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 – [email protected]