Article from Kidderminster programme

Article from Kidderminster programme

October 27, 2020 Website 0

Here’s the Trust article from last week’s programme, which we’re publishing here so we can reach any of our members who didn’t read the programme.

I’m writing this as I take a quick break from making up membership packs for Chorley FC Supporters Trust (CFCST). Yes, it’s that time of year again, although it doesn’t really feel like it of course. Trust membership is due for this season, and yet again we’ve kept the cost at £10, unchanged in over fifteen seasons. For your £10, you get a £1 share in CFCST. As we are owned by our members, and we own 9% of Chorley Football Club, this represents part ownership of your club.

You also get a 10% discount in the club shop, where you can buy the new kit, where you will see the new CFCST logo on the front of the shirt (home and away). We bought ten tickets for the 200 club back in February when it was launched o help kick-start the scheme, and to show our support for the club. That support is now going to be highly visible throughout the season, and we’re very proud of that. We recognise that a lot of fans hold strong and differing opinions about what we should have done, and not everyone is going to be happy with this decision.  That would be equally true whatever we decided. So we really want to encourage anyone who feels strongly about this, whether for or against, to join the Trust and make their opinion known. After all, we are member owned and run.

It’s been difficult to collect membership fees this season as we’ve had to do everything online at cfcst.org. Many people, probably the majority of our members, are used to paying their £10 in cash on a match day early in the season. Looking on the positive side, however, concentrating on taking membership online means we now have members in many parts of England, including Devon, Kent, London and Berkshire. We also count Chorley fans from as far afield as Sweden, Colombia, Singapore and Australia among our membership, although of course the greatest concentration of members is in the PR6 and PR7 postcode area. If you haven’t joined up yet, please go to https://cfcst.org/join

Last season, we decided to include Trust membership in the price of season tickets. This was designed as a one-off gesture to symbolise the partnership between CFCST and Chorley FC following our investment in the club in early 2019. It was very successful in terms of raising our profile, but it brought significant additional financial costs and administration, and ultimately this took time and money away which we could otherwise have spent working towards our aims. So if you are a season ticket holder this season, please be aware that Trust membership is no longer included. We hope you felt you got value for money last season – if you did please consider joining for the new season at https://cfcst.org/join