Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust was founded by fans in 2000, when the Club first went into administration, with a view to raising sufficient funds to purchase a stake in the Club on behalf of fans. It successfully raised in excess of £1 million from individual fans through a loan notes scheme in 2000. Unfortunately, the new owner of the Club did not want to include the Trust in the ownership of the Club, and all monies were returned to loan note holders.
When the club fell into administration once gain in 2010 the Trust held several meetings with the administrators in order to ascertain the latest situation at the club and to assist in raising money, including sponsoring players’ shirts.
Happily the club is now in excellent hands under the ownership of CPFC2010, and at an early stage a meeting was held between the Club’s co-chairman Steve Parish and the Trust to see how the club and Trust could work more closely together. A key project for fans to become involved in is obtaining a state of the art training facility for the club – a facility that meets the requirements of both the senior squad and the academy, and contributes to the long-term success of the club. It was agreed that the Trust would explore the possibility of acquiring some suitable land and build a new training facility that would be on a par with any ambitious football club.
By joining the Trust you will be helping to help build the club a sustainable future and be a part of a unique project in football, to help fund a state-of-the-art training ground that will give the club the best possible chance to continue to develop its youngsters at the Academy and secure its long-term future.
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