Vale in the Community and club set for talks

Vale in the Community and club set for talks

There are set to be talks next week over the future of the Port Vale in the Community Trust.

The Trust, which is a charity separate from the club nevertheless has close links with Port Vale FC, using the club’s badge and being provided with free offices within the Lorne Street stand. It is funded by the Football League, Premier League and PFA. It is managed by Jim Cooper who has been associated with Port Vale for twenty years.

Mike Stubbs, chairman of the trustees which controls the Vale in the Community scheme, has told the Sentinel that the football club has yet to sign an agreement which allows the community trust to get £30,000 a year in that funding. And Stubbs is now seeking talks with Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite next week.

Stubbs said: “Norman and I had an initial conversation and I am looking forward to a proper meeting next week.”

The Trust employs five people and its activities include providing coaching in schools as well as lunch-time clubs and football courses in the school holidays.

 

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