Stones Community Trust has been awarded charity status.
It’s a major milestone for the organisation, which launched last October to develop and run a series of activities and projects.
Set up by Maidstone United, the independently run charity is based at the Gallagher Stadium and works with the club on a wide range of programmes that aim to improve the education, health and wellbeing of the local community.
Chair of the trustees Mike Littleboy said: “As someone who’s been involved with community projects at the club for many years and helped to establish the trust, I am absolutely delighted we’ve secured charity status.
“It’s taken a lot of time and effort to achieve but it opens the door to so many opportunities that will help us expand our programmes and reach across the local area. Football, and sport in general, can be such a great vehicle for working with and supporting hard to reach groups.
“We’ve seen that with the projects we’ve done so far and in the coming months we want to work with existing and new partners to do even more.”
The trust was established through funding from the National League Trust, which supports community programmes at clubs who are members of the three divisions of the National League.
Since its launch, it has also received the backing of Civil Service Insurance Society, Gallagher Group, Golding Vision, Gullands, Kent County Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Safer Kent, Samaritans Maidstone, Shepherd Neame, Street Soccer Foundation, Wellbeing People and Whitehead Monckton.
For more information about Stones Community Trust, you can contact Kay Skelton on 07429 337994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org