MEMBERS of the Trust will recently have received the latest issue of our newsletter, we hope it has been an interesting read!

It is our intention to keep our members informed of the future activities and events of the Trust and we hope the newsletter fulfilled this aim.

The future is, of course, the key word in that last sentence. Although the Trust was born out of necessity, it is very much a part of the future and is most definitely here to stay.

The Trust is part of a nationwide body of supporters trusts under the umbrella of the Government- sponsored Supporters Direct.

Most clubs have a supporters trust. The stated aims of supporters trusts include fan representation at board level and many trusts have succeeded in this aim.

Some trusts have gone a stage further and have taken ownership of their club! Another aim is to promote fans' collective investment, through share ownership, in their club and we have been actively investigating this option.

Another aim is to represent all of the club's supporters. We hope that the Trust can truly be the voice of Huddersfield Town fans - certainly both the Supporters Club and Patrons Association are represented on our board.

The Trust itself is also a member of the Development Association, an independent body that oversees the function and funding of the Academy.

It is because of the importance of the Academy that we have pledged that the majority of new funds raised by the Trust will directly benefit the Academy.

We also see a role for the Trust in the wider community. HTFC Football in the Community are represented on our Board and we are actively involved in shaping future projects involving this valuable organisation.

There has been some recent debate as to the balance of the funds raised in our initial aim of helping the club's survival.

There is much more to the activities of a supporters trust than the single issue of survival and this will be one of the topics of debate at our next General Meeting on Wednesday January 28 (7.30) at the McAlpine.

Members of the Trust will be brought up to date on the latest position of the Trust's various strands of activity.

Members will be able to question the Trust's executive committee and make suggestions as to the Trust's future.

We hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to shape the future direction of the Trust.

It is as important for us to recruit new members as it is to retain existing ones; the Trust is nothing without its members.

There are many benefits to being a member of the Trust, and more will be unveiled as the year progresses.

If you are not yet a member you can join on the night of the meeting. You can also join online or contact us on our website, where the latest news can also be found.

Or or write to us at: HTST, PO Box 1908, Huddersfield HD4 6WT. An SAE is appreciated.