The Football Trust, the charitable trust which promotes and funds
safety in British football, is reviewing its public affairs account,
which has been held by Citigate Westminster for over eight years.
The agency brief encompasses Parliamentary monitoring, occasional
strategic advice and logistical support, including organising events
during the political party conference season. Citigate Westminster,
whose deputy chairman, Richard Faulkner was until last year deputy
chairman of the trust, will repitch for the account.
The review comes at a time when the Football Trust has recently
reconstituted itself under the direction of new chairman and Labour MP,
Tom Pendry - who took over from Conservative peer Lord Aberdare in
February - and under a new Government-backed funding formula which was
announced last summer.
The trust, which was founded in 1975, is dedicated to ensuring safety in
both professional and amateur football, as well as promoting community
football projects. Its main target since the 1990 Taylor report into the
Hillsborough disaster has been implementing Lord Taylor’s
recommendations on safety in British stadia.