Trust and NTFC Community to pull down the barriers

20th Jul 2018

NTFC Supporters Trust is teaming up with Northampton Town’s community programme to help remember Walter Tull and other former Cobblers players who served so gallantly during the Great War.
The Trust will be sponsoring the Cobblers home match with Crewe Alexandra on 3 November and will be dedicating the fixture to the Tull 100 Football Remembers #NoBarriers project.
Primary schoolchildren on the football club’s community programme will be invited to help design a logo for a special club Tull 100 shirt which will be worn by the first-team as they warm up for the Crewe game.
They will also be encouraged to submit any written work or artwork about former Cobblers players who fought and fell in the First World War.
The Trust will be inviting civic leaders and other guests from the world of sport and politics to discuss and explore how football clubs and supporter groups can best deliver a game that is totally inclusive.
Andy Roberts, chairman of Northampton Town Supporters Trust, said: “We want to look back and remember the likes of Walter Tull, Fred Lessons and Bernard Vann one hundred years after the end of the First World War.
“But we also want to look forward, to see how we can break down any barriers that may still exist within communities who, for whatever reason, feel they are getting a raw deal from football.
"Northampton Town has a proud record of delivering on inclusion within football – the new Sixfields stadium delivered excellent access and viewing points for disabled supporters, the club has always taken a hardline stance against racism and it was also the first in the country to introduce an equal opportunities policy.”
Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas added, "We are very proud of Walter Tull and his legacy that remains very strong to this day. As a club we paid a series of powerful tributes to Walter around the 100th anniversary of his death last March, and we are delighted the Supporters Trust are carrying out their own tribute on our closest home league game to Armistice Day this year.
"This is also a fantastic opportunity for local school children to learn about Tull while showing off their artistic skills as we look forward to seeing the designs they come up with for the warm up t-shirts for the players to proudly display at the PTS Academy Stadium."