Charitable status for Stalybridge Celtic Foundation

STALYBRIDGE Celtic are hoping to be able to deliver even more activities after their community programme has achieved charitable status.

Cheque presentation: (l- r) Derek Drabble (Vintage Celtic), Gerald Crossley (trustee), Sue O’Brien (National League Trust), Mike Smith (community development officer), Mary Gibbons (trustee) and Brian Coll (trustee)

More than 80 guests packed into the sponsors’ lounge at Bower Fold for the official launch of the newly-named Stalybridge Celtic Foundation along with players from the over-50s Vintage Celtic walking football team and the adult PAN-disability team.

The Foundation, known as Stalybridge Celtic Community Development since its launch in March 2014, was presented with a cheque for £40,000 from the National League Trust for a two-year period. It was awarded in March 2017 and runs until February 2019.

Community development officer Mike Smith said: “It was great to see so many people attend the launch of the Foundation and we are looking forward to working with them going forward as a charity.

“Gaining charitable status is a great achievement and will enable us to apply for pots of funding outside of the football family, giving us the opportunity to deliver more community-based projects to a wider audience. The future looks good.”

Mike delivered a presentation on the work the Foundation does in the local community, which included a speech from Dave Broxton from sponsor’s Bohle Ltd followed by Sue O’Brien, from the National League Trust, who gave an in-depth presentation on what the Trust does nationally and how it is funded.

It was followed by a demonstration of walking football and question and answer session.

Guests included representatives from Greater Manchester Police, Tameside MBC, Prince’s Trust, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Bohle Ltd, West Hill School, It’s Not Okay Tameside, People First Tameside, Celtic Juniors, Stalybridge Celtic FC, The Believe and Achieve Trust, New Charter Housing, Works 4U, The Community Scheme, Tameside College, Brother UK, Active Tameside, Back the Bridge, LocalCommunity Matters and The Non-League Football Paper.

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