10 Years of the Trust: The past, present and future
As part of our ’10 Years of the Community Trust’ campaign, which is celebrating the successes our official charity has achieved over the last decade, we will be sharing stories and exclusive interviews from the heart of our local communities.
We caught up with club legend and former head of the Football in the Community project Alan Curtis, club ambassador Lee Trundle and head of the Community Trust Helen Elton to talk about the past, present and future of the Community Trust.
The current Community Trust was born out of the club’s Football in the Community project which was originally led by Curtis.
“I played my last season for the Swans when I was 36 years of age in 1990. I worked for an insurance company for just under a year and then the community role came along,” explains Curtis.
“It was an important job but it was a huge amount of fun as well. It was very important that we raised the profile of the club.”
Since returning to the Swans as club ambassador in 2013, Trundle has played a pivotal role with the Community Trust, regularly showing his support to the numerous projects the club’s registered charity run.
“I go along to most of the Community Trust’s projects and I think it’s great for me and the football club to be involved in that,” says Trundle.
“The work the Community Trust has done has gone past football now. It’s about helping the community – we’re there to reach out to anyone we can.”
Elton hopes to further expand the Community Trust in the years to come.
“We hope to do a lot more of the partnership work we have been doing, perhaps seeking other partners from the community,” she says.
“I would like us to focus our attention on helping those harder to reach groups and the groups that need additional support in the future.”
Look out for more success stories and exclusive interviews in the run-up to the Community Trust’s 10th Anniversary in November.