Dover Athletic Community Trust is a charity affiliated to Dover Athletic Football Club (reg. charity no. 1179651). We were established in August 2018 to enable the football club's objective to become an integral part of its local community and to make a positive difference within the Dover District. The trust builds on the platform of club community initiatives and is now embarking on a strategy to offer wellbeing initiatives in and around Dover. This naturally starts with sport related programmes and will soon stretch beyond sport and into new realms of physical and mental health. The trust also aligns itself to its local stakeholders and will work closely with Dover District Council to ensure it can assist in delivering the council's key health and wellbeing objectives also.
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John is Dover born and bred and apart from three years at Bristol University has spent all his life here. Being a Chartered Accountant he is ideally qualified to act as the Trust’s Treasurer and as a partner in McCabe Ford Williams’ office in the town he knows local business well. There he helps look after the financial affairs of many individuals plus small and medium sized businesses. Away from the office John competes in and follows many sports, still playing league cricket and has followed Dover Athletic and Dover FC before that from the Crabble terraces for nearly 40 years.
Vikki is no stranger to football, having been involved on and off the pitch for the last 20 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. As a trustee, she brings a wealth of experience of grassroots football, running community projects and working with young children.
Jim is our football club chairman and is excited about the next steps the charitable arm of the club is going to take. Jim has committed a significant amount of time and resource to the football club and is also now a trustee of the club’s charity.
Simon led the Finance & HR functions at A Gomez Ltd and is was a director of the football club until December 2019. Being passionate about making a positive difference in his home town, Simon was very excited about the potential of what the trust team could achieve and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to chair this fantastic group of people. Simon occupied the role of Chairman from inception in August 2018 throguh to February 2020 and wishes the trust every success and remains a friend of the trust and club.
Pat is a qualified and experienced Youth Worker with a passion for sport. He went to school in Dover, as well as representing DAFC at Youth and senior levels. He also played for Charlton Athletic at U18 level and captained the Kent representative side. He has coached for several years, including five years with the Chelsea FC Foundation and is currently coaching for the DAFC youth section.