Clive Efford and Charlton Athletic invited Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown down to Charlton’s training ground in Sparrows Lane in Eltham to see for himself the enormous amount of community work undertaken by the club.
Speaking to Clive after the visit he praised the club’s work to become a focal point of its local community. “Charlton’s reputation as the leading football club in this field is completely deserved,” said Brown, who observed hundreds of youngsters taking part in football courses organised by the community scheme over the Easter holidays.
“They have clearly grasped that clubs play a vital role and need to be at the very heart of their local communities. The vision here – and I’ve seen and heard about the plans for the new stadium and the créche and the education work and the partnerships with businesses and so on – shows that the club has a clear direction, and I’ve never seen such far-reaching activities.”
Steve Waggott, chief executive of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, which is responsible for the club’s community work offered his thanks to Clive. “We must offer big thanks to Clive, who has been working extremely hard alongside the trust on initiatives aimed at connecting with people, particularly in the Coldharbour, Avery Hill and South Greenwich areas.”
“We know that our work corresponds perfectly with much of what the government is trying to achieve, such as getting people who are socially excluded back into work, and football is a great vehicle to do that.”