CACT Over 25 Years

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) has a proud history of delivering programmes across South East London and Kent since 1992, improving levels of education and employment, reducing crime and improving health.

  • 1992 – The community programme at Charlton Athletic is established through a partnership with Charlton Athletic Football Club and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
  • Early 1990s – The Charlton Athletic Race and Equality Partnership (CARE), formed in 1992, steps up its range of anti-racism initiatives in the Royal Borough of Greenwich following the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
  • Mid-1990s – A Bexley Community Officer is appointed with funding from the PFA and the London Borough of Bexley.
  • 1997 – A groundbreaking sponsorship deal is signed with Network Rail, the catalyst for a £1.2m sponsorship deal with the PFA.
  • 1998 – CARE develops the Sports Charter for Racial Equality (SCORE) to promote good practice for local teams and coaches. This is rolled out across South London.
  • 2003 – The community programme becomes Charlton Athletic Community Trust, an independent charity that works in partnership with local communities to empower individuals to improve their lives and their environment. 
  • 2003 – CACT undertakes a 10-year project in South Africa, working in townships in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. This work was depicted in England’s 2018 World Cup bid book.
  • 2005 – CACT starts delivering FA Level 1 in Coaching Football courses at HMP Belmarsh as part of its work in prisons.
  • 2005 – Prince William comes to Sparrows Lane to see some of CACT’s projects. It was his first official visit as FA President.
  • 2007 – CACT begins its partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, delivering a variety of programmes to promote health and wellbeing within the community.
  • 2007 – Harry Arter makes his senior debut, becoming the first player to reach Charlton’s first-team via a community trust programme. In total, 26 community players have signed professional contracts.
  • 2008 – The Street Violence Ruins Lives programme is launched following the murder of Rob Knox in Sidcup. Charlton and Millwall become the first clubs to remove a sponsor’s logo from the front of shirts and replace it with the Street Violence Ruins Lives logo.
  • 2009 – The Football League names Charlton as Community Club of the Year, an award it went on to win again in 2013 and 2016.
  • 2010 – CACT is the first football community trust to appoint a Crime Reduction Team, working with the Police, local authority community safety teams and the Street Violence Ruins Lives Committee.
  • 2012 – CACT is contracted to run the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s youth service, becoming the first football-related charity to do so.
  • 2013 – CACT starts a Woolwich United initiative to promote social integration and build positive relationships between different groups following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.
  • April 2015 – Hundreds of fans take part in the first Charlton Upbeats walk, which has since become an annual tradition to raise money for the Upbeats, the well-known Down’s syndrome football team established in 2008. The walks have raised over £73,000 since 2014.
  • August 2017 – 
  • CACT Invicta FC becomes the first LGBTQI+ friendly football team to take a professional club’s name and badge
  • September 2017 – 
  • CACT launches an Impact Report after a year-long study of its programmes which calculated that every £1 it invests is worth £6.89 in social value
  • March 2020 – CACT wins two EFL awards, being named London Community Club of the Year and winning the Divisional Project of the Year award.
  • March 2020 – CACT works with the Roal Borough of Greenwich to launch the Greenwich Community Hub, supporting residents during the COVID-19 pandemic

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