Community Trust to benefit from Pompey gate figure

At the Fans' Forum meeting earlier this week it was suggested to the club that a ticket sale sponsorship bonus could be applied for the game v Portsmouth when we celebrate our twenty five years back at The Valley.

Sponsor Regular Cleaning have agreed that they will make a donation to Charlton Athletic Community Trust as follows:

-       If the attendance at the game reaches 15,000 then £1,000 will be donated to Charlton Athletic Community Trust by Regular Cleaning

-       If the attendance at the game reaches 16,500 then £2,500 will be donated to Charlton Athletic Community Trust by Regular Cleaning

-       If the attendance at the game reaches 20,000 then £5,000 will be donated to Charlton Athletic Community Trust by Regular Cleaning

Charlton Athletic have agreed to match the donation of Regular Cleaning.

Steve Clarke, who represented CAS Trust at The Fans’ Forum meeting, said: “This is great opportunity to increase the gate for the Portsmouth game, and for fans to get involved supporting critical projects run by CACT.” CACT CEO Jason Morgan said: “The role the supporters played in the club’s return to The Valley will never be forgotten and it is great the fans forum and supporters trust will support this initiative and decide what project funds will help.”

The destination of any money raised from the donations from Regular Cleaning will be decided by fans who will be able to vote for one of three projects that Charlton Athletic Community Trust is currently supporting. Details of how to vote will be communicated shortly.

The choices will be:

Music equipment for a youth hub

CACT works with over 7,000 young people in our youth service each year, supporting young people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds in Greenwich to pursue their ambitions and develop their skills. Our youth hubs provide specialist music equipment for young people to use with the help of trained youth workers. CACT have a great track record with this – some of our young people have performed on stage at the Indig02 and one young person has even gone on to compete on ITV The Voice.

Voting for this option will enable us to purchase new music equipment in one of our youth hubs, so more young people can benefit from these opportunities in the future.

IT Equipment for CACT’s new classroom

CACT uses the power of football to inspire young people and improve their education and employment opportunities. A new classroom has been built as part of the training ground development so we can run more education programmes for young people. CACT will run traineeships from here, giving young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. Our post-16 provision will also use it, giving them access to a purpose-built classroom for the first time for their academic studies that lead to NVQ qualifications.

Vote for this to help purchase education IT equipment to support young people’s learning.

Next Steps Mental Health Residential Trips      

As part of CACT’s mental health work, we support people who have suffered a first episode of psychosis. Each summer, we run three-night residential trips for those at an advanced stage of their recovery, which strengthen the work done with the clients on a weekly basis, empowering them and increasing confidence and self-belief. Previously, most of the participants will not have been away from home for a significant period of time. This summer, clients went to Cornwall where they took part in a range of watersports activities as well as trips to the Eden Project, Falmouth and Newquay.

Vote for this option to help fund three-night residential trips in the UK in summer 2018 for some of CACT’s mental health project clients.