Supporters plan to launch trust

Corby Town take on Altrincham last weekend
Corby Town take on Altrincham last weekend

The wheels are in motion to create a supporters’ trust for Corby Town Football Club.

A meeting is being held to discuss the plan and is open to anyone in the borough of Corby who is interested in getting involved, not just fans of the club.

It will take place in the council chamber at the Corby Cube at 7pm on Monday, April 23.

Should it get the support to go ahead, the trust’s ambition is to get a member on the club’s board and have more of a say in decision-making.

The fans behind the bid also want to strengthen the links between the club and the community, and try to help safeguard its future.

Steelmen fan Robbie Dunion is heading up the steering group looking at setting up the trust.

He said: “There have been a lot of rumours going around the club lately, and what’s happened at Kettering Town and Rushden & Diamonds has drawn attention to what can happen to clubs at this level.

“It is about bringing the football club back to the community. In recent years it has been disjointed, and a lot of the supporters want a bit more transparency and involvement in decision-making.

“Expectation levels are really high, probably more than they should be. It’s time to take stock and realise we have a solid foundation to build on.

“We want to work with the club, not against them.

“We want to work with schools, the council and local football teams. We want to make sure sport in Corby is successful, first and foremost.”

The agenda at the open meeting will include presentations from Supporters Direct representatives, an example of an existing trust’s work from the chairman of Cambridge Fans United and an update from the current steering group.

The group will be seeking a mandate to form a trust at the end of the meeting.

Corby Town director Chris Rivett said: “This is something we wanted from day one and has been in the background for a long time.

“Once they have had the meeting hopefully they will have something to come to us with, and the plan has always been to sit down and talk at the end of the season. From our point of view it is something we are positive about as a board.”