Greenock Morton Community Trust
In September 2012, Morton’s club development consultant, Warren Hawke, invited two representatives of Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust, its chairman Nick Robinson (a chartered accountant) and its secretary Chris McCorkindale (a lecturer in law), to become trustees of a new entity, the Greenock Morton Community Trust. Sitting alongside Crawford Rae and Stuart Rae on the board of trustees, the Community Trust sees the football club and the Supporters’ Trust working in partnership to take the Morton brand in to the community, using football as a vehicle to engage the people of Inverclyde in physical activity, education and training, regardless of age, gender, race, colour or religion.
If the vision for the Community Trust is driven by Warren, its day to day running is managed by a full-time Community Engagement Manager, Tom Elliott, who was responsible for developing community programmes (and award winning one at that) at Stenhousemuir and Falkirk. Tom’s appointment is a both a coup, and a real statement of intent.
The role of the board of Trustees, and therefore of Nick and Chris as representatives of GMST, is to ensure that the Community Trust at all times works intra vires and in accordance with its overarching aims and objectives: to work with the people of Inverclyde for a healthier and safer region, and already this is bearing fruit. The Community Trust now delivers coaching sessions to over 200 children per week, through its Morton Girls and Mini Morton sessions. Summer Camps will provide those children with even more activity when school is out. With the help of Community Jobs Scotland, it has taken two community coaches and an assistant groundsman on six month contracts, with the aim of improving their employability further down the line, and will continue to provide training and employability skills to local people. With plans to develop niche programmes for nursery schools, care homes, and NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) it is clear that – through this vehicle – the Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust take seriously what is, after all, its number one objective: “To strengthen the bonds between Greenock Morton Football Club and the local community in Inverclyde and the surrounding area.”
See mortoncommunity.net for more information on the Community Trust, and its existing courses.