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We are delighted to announce the creation of the independent charity Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club Community Trust. The Trust was publicly launched on the 21st of June 2021, 8 years to the day since the formation of Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club. Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club has a long and proud tradition of working to support local communities. The creation of Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club Community Trust in September 2020 as an independent charitable organisation ensures that the award-winning Community Engagement Programme, set up by the Football Club in 2013, will be able to nurture existing and new partnership relationships, access previously unavailable funding and develop wider community opportunities, while enabling members to taking advantage of tax relief through HMRC Gift Aid. The Community Trust consists of the four sections which include the Academy consisting of the Juniors, Youths and the adult Amateur Football team, the Women’s and Girl’s football squad, over 50’s Walking Football and the Para Football Squad. The Community Trust will also work in partnership with a variety of other locally charitable organisations, such as the Galashiels Foodbank and the heart health charity Scottish HART striving to help improve the local community of Galashiels and the Central Borders. The Community Trust is registered with The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and is constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The Trust will become one of the largest sporting organisations in the Scottish Borders consisting of 16 teams, almost 400 players and 50 coaches and volunteers. The new structure at Netherdale means that the Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club’s First Team Squad who play in the Lowland League are now part of a new Company Limited by Guarantee allowing the club’s Board and Executive Committee to concentrate exclusively on football matters whilst a newly elected Board of Trustees are responsible for Community Trust activities. Ross Buchan, Chair of the Community Trust said, “We at the Community Trust continue to put community engagement front and centre of everything we are trying to achieve at Netherdale. Our ethos is best summed up by our Community Trust’s motto, “A Community organisation with a heart in the heart of our community.” Our community programme continues to grow as does the number of people involved both in participating and delivering the scheme. The newly established Community Trust brings new opportunities to expand and further develop on the fantastic work achieved so far.” Ryan Cass, Chair of Gala Fairydean Rovers told us, “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Community Trust that will strengthen and build on the fantastic work already achieved by the club’s Community Engagement Programme. We are ambitious both on and off the pitch here at Netherdale and the new structure allows us to concentrate on improving our first team whilst giving bringing exciting opportunities to help develop our community work.”


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