Quakers fan groups work together to bring club back to Darlington

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Regional Chief Reporter

QUAKERS supporter groups are working together with the new community interest company towards the goal of bringing the club back to Darlington.

Darlington FC Community Interest Company (CIC) has begun a drive to raise awareness of its role.

The CIC will be the majority shareholder in the football club when it is capitalised – now due to take place ahead of the club's annual general meeting which will potentially be held in March next year.

Ian Wilkinson, Darlington FC 1883 board member who has responsibility for the CIC, said: “With the season well underway, the team established and off to a flying start and fan ownership and management of the club firmly in place, now is the right time to introduce more detail on the CIC.

“The CIC has two basic objectives - to work with supporters to maintain its position as the major shareholder in the club, thus safeguarding its future and in return to use the existence of the football club to make a positive difference within the community.”

The CIC has already launched a school link-up programme which sees 30 pupils from Darlington and south west Durham attend every home game.

The CIC is working with Darlington College students, who are designing a new website and logo for the group.

Talks have also been arranged with Darlington Council officials about putting in place a new youth academy, alongside team manager Martin Gray's own academy.

Mr Wilkinson said that by performing worthwhile tasks for the community, the CIC could make the club more attractive to sponsors and increase revenue.

“This relationship between the football club, the town and our community is important and one that arguably the club has been neglected over recent years,” he said.

“Through the power of football we can change attitudes and make a difference to people's lives.”

Members of Darlington Supporters Trust have begun helping with the work, alongside the supporters club, after trust members voted to be enrolled on the CIC.

Trust board member Paul Colman said the trust was particularly keen to help bring the club back to Darlington, with long-term plans currently being worked on giving the CIC a vital role.

Mr Colman said: “It's now time to put our heads above the parapet and get involved.”

The CIC has begun issuing a newsletter at home games to keep fans updated on its work.

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7:23pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Laird40 says...

Great news, very positive to see the CIC developing and the Trust being involved after such a previous bad reputation.
Great news, very positive to see the CIC developing and the Trust being involved after such a previous bad reputation. Laird40
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8:18pm Sun 11 Nov 12

MSG says...

More good news regarding the Quakers.
More good news regarding the Quakers. MSG
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9:24am Mon 12 Nov 12

1superlidds says...

its good to see the club working with the community.

Wondering if the Trust is still affiliated to The Level Playing Field.

DST have previously held a disability awareness day inviting various groups/societies to discuss relevant sporting issues regarding following a football club (more significantly Darlo). It also held events each March for LPF Day.

Mon 03 Dec is International Day of the Disabled and maybe an idea to consider this when bringing kids in to get involved on Tues 4th when home to Hebburn.

Lets make sure the club is all inclusive.
its good to see the club working with the community. Wondering if the Trust is still affiliated to The Level Playing Field. DST have previously held a disability awareness day inviting various groups/societies to discuss relevant sporting issues regarding following a football club (more significantly Darlo). It also held events each March for LPF Day. Mon 03 Dec is International Day of the Disabled and maybe an idea to consider this when bringing kids in to get involved on Tues 4th when home to Hebburn. Lets make sure the club is all inclusive. 1superlidds
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11:09am Mon 12 Nov 12

ted forster says...

This is great news, with good timing after the problems with another club that has been the talk of the boards for far to long. Let's get the talk, work, and comment, back to OUR club.
This is great news, with good timing after the problems with another club that has been the talk of the boards for far to long. Let's get the talk, work, and comment, back to OUR club. ted forster
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1:20pm Mon 12 Nov 12

david curries lipwig says...

Great news that the CIC has started to rise. Really please to see the Trust getting involved in the early stages helping to shape things, fantastic to see them re-emerge after all their issues.
Great news that the CIC has started to rise. Really please to see the Trust getting involved in the early stages helping to shape things, fantastic to see them re-emerge after all their issues. david curries lipwig
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10:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mensamoo says...

1superlidds wrote:
its good to see the club working with the community. Wondering if the Trust is still affiliated to The Level Playing Field. DST have previously held a disability awareness day inviting various groups/societies to discuss relevant sporting issues regarding following a football club (more significantly Darlo). It also held events each March for LPF Day. Mon 03 Dec is International Day of the Disabled and maybe an idea to consider this when bringing kids in to get involved on Tues 4th when home to Hebburn. Lets make sure the club is all inclusive.
I can't imagine West Auckland being affiliated to the level playing field...
[quote][p][bold]1superlidds[/bold] wrote: its good to see the club working with the community. Wondering if the Trust is still affiliated to The Level Playing Field. DST have previously held a disability awareness day inviting various groups/societies to discuss relevant sporting issues regarding following a football club (more significantly Darlo). It also held events each March for LPF Day. Mon 03 Dec is International Day of the Disabled and maybe an idea to consider this when bringing kids in to get involved on Tues 4th when home to Hebburn. Lets make sure the club is all inclusive.[/p][/quote]I can't imagine West Auckland being affiliated to the level playing field... mensamoo
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10:44pm Mon 12 Nov 12

neilj_dafts says...

West Auckland's pitch and the Ref, were not level at all, neither was the supposed defender level when Scott was hacked down in the box.

Well we have had this all before, so chin up & carry on!

It seems like the CIC role is starting to emerge from the murk, as doing something that looks very DFC Trust-like.

I hope they don't need a council election before we here more "encouraging?" news about getting DFC back to Darlo.
West Auckland's pitch and the Ref, were not level at all, neither was the supposed defender level when Scott was hacked down in the box. Well we have had this all before, so chin up & carry on! It seems like the CIC role is starting to emerge from the murk, as doing something that looks very DFC Trust-like. I hope they don't need a council election before we here more "encouraging?" news about getting DFC back to Darlo. neilj_dafts
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