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Posted on 10 April 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

By Daniel Wynne<BR><BR>On Wednesday 25th April, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust will be launched at Whites, adjacent to the ground in Paxton Road. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. It will be a supporters' group unlike any previously seen at the club.<P>The Trust aims to bring together everyone with an abiding love and passion for Spurs. It aims to help secure a better future for the fans, the club, the communities it serves and act as a platform for all fans to have a say on the issues that affect supporters, the club and its community. You are invited to join that partnership<P>The Trust has been developed with the aid of Supporters Direct, the government funded body. Moreover, it has the full backing of Tottenham Hotspur FC who are keen to involve the supporters in genuine dialogue On matters concerning the club's future.<P>As David Buchler said after the appointment of Glenn Hoddle: "This club is going to get closer to its supporters group.....It is going to embrace the supporters trust...it is going to have a communication route with it's supporters&#59; certainly more than it has had in the past...Hopefully supporters and the club will work together in a real team work effort to build the future of the club that we all seek."<P>The new Board's decisions will have far-reaching implications for supporters. As fans, we want to be positively involved in shaping the future success of the club. Likewise the club has said that it wishes to involve supporters in the development process.<P>The potential for success at Tottenham is enormous. The potential for the supporters to contribute to that success is beyond measure.<P><STRONG>THST Explained:</STRONG><P><STRONG>What is the Trust?</STRONG><P>It is an organisation to enable all supporters to address the issues that concern them. It has been developed with the help of Supporters Direct, a government sponsored body that has worked with many varied clubs to create Trusts. It is fully endorsed by the club as a way to improve communication with supporters in the future.<P><STRONG>Isn't this just another supporters' group?</STRONG><P>The Trust will be able to play a far greater and more active role in influencing the club's activities than has ever been possible before. <P>However, this will only be effective if the Trust represents the views of the majority of Spurs fans. It will therefore be a totally open and democratic group for all supporters, and aims to provide a voice for everyone, including the silent majority among the fans. It is not connected to any previous supporter groups, but is a fresh new way of binding supporters and the club.<P>"This club is going to get closer to its supporters group.....It is going to embrace the supporters trust'..it is going to have a communication route with it's supporters&#59; certainly more than it has had in the past....Hopefully supporters and the club will work together in a real team work effort, to build the future of the club that we all seek."<BR>(David Buchler speaking after the appointment of Glenn Hoddle)<P><STRONG>Why should I become a member?</STRONG><P>The potential of "fan power" has been highly evident at Tottenham. The aim of the Trust is to harness the passion and commitment that all fans have for the club and use it as a positive force in helping to deliver success for Tottenham. Membership of the Trust will ensure that your voice is heard on the important issues that affect supporters. In return for a small annual subscription the Trust will offer you the opportunity to genuinely participate in the club's future. The potential is enormous, from helping to secure the next generations of supporters to raising fund for investment in the team. Each member adds strength to the Trust, and ultimately to Tottenham Hotspur. <P><P><STRONG>I am interested in finding out more, what do I do?</STRONG><P>The Trust is to be launched on 25th April. A public meeting will be held at 7.30 in Whites to formally create the Trust and adopt its constitution, and at that point memberships can be accepted and the Trust's work can begin. We hope that a great many supporters will want to hear what the Trust has to offer, the invitation to attend is extended to everybody who has an interest in Tottenham Hotspur. <P><STRONG>The broad aims of the Trust are as follows:</STRONG><P>To create a strong bond between the club and the communities it serves<P>To contribute positively to the future success of Tottenham<P>To promote positive dialogue between the club and the supporters<P>To work towards true supporter representation at board level<P>The Trust has its own web site, which will be going live during the week of 9<SUP>th</SUP> April. It can be found at <A href="http://www.tottenhamtrust.org" target=_new < A>www.tottenhamtrust.org</A><BR><P>Membership of the Trust ensures that your voice will be heard on the issues that affect us all. It will enable you to become a crucial part of a positive force to help rebuild Tottenham Hotspur as a great football club.<P>We hope that everybody who loves Spurs and who wants to participate in a new era of success will attend. You may wish to find out more about our ideas, question them, or add your own. Whatever the case, if you're a Spurs fan, you're welcome.<P>You hold the key. You are Tottenham. We look forward to seeing you on April 25<SUP>th</SUP>.<P>Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust<BR>PO Box 2056 <BR>Shoeburyness <BR>SS3 8TR<BR><BR></A>