Latics fans' group relaunches with updated objectives and aims
Date published: 14 May 2021
The OASF Vice-Chair, Paul Hughes, is now also a Representative Director on the Latics Board
The Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation has rebranded and relaunched.
Formerly known as 'Trust Oldham', that name has now been abandoned as members believed it was misleading.
The organisation was not a Trust with trustees and 'Trust Oldham' seemingly did not indicate any connection with Oldham Athletic and its fans.
A total 53% of members voting - 91 of whom have joined since April - chose OASF as its new short name.
Paul Hughes, the OASF Vice-Chair, is now also a Representative Director on the Latics Board.
OASF's overarching Mission Statement is now:
To ensure the existence of a successful, well-supported and inclusive professional football club based in Oldham MBC;
to act as the official and representative Supporters Group which holds shares in the Club;
to hold the Club accountable.
The Mission will be delivered through six LATICS objectives:
L = Longevity – Ensure continuation of League football in Oldham
A = Academy – Support growth of our home-grown talent
T = Town – Build strong links with Council and Community
I = Investment – Build contingency funds
C = Club – Engage with Club as shareholder and stakeholder
S = Supporters – Represent all aspects of the fanbase
OASF also have numerous more short and medium-term priorities, which include football fortune (namely appointing a competent and experienced Manager/Head Coach with a proven record at League One/Two level on a three-year contract, financial stability, engagement with fans, the stadium itself and the closure of the North Stand.
The current OASF membership is over 200 - more than 10% of season ticket holders - but they are seeking a much higher level of membership to enhance its leverage with the club.
Any Latics fan can apply for membership at: http://www.trustoldham.org/membership/
OASF plans to fund its running costs in the future from profits on a limited number of fan events each year, and is in process of a complete redesign of its website.
It will replace the Trust Oldham online site within three months.
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