Bolton Wanderers Community Trust achieves 'Capability Status'

Confirmation of acknowledgement for the club's official charity arm

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust has been acknowledged for its pioneering work within the local community by achieving the necessary ‘Capability Status’ by the Premier League and English Football League.

Over the summer the Community Trust has undergone significant scrutiny from the Premier League and the English Football League to ensure that it is fit for purpose as a leading charity working in our community. 

Through a process known as “Capability Status” that this year has been forensic in drilling down on 11 areas of policies and procedures including management performance, strategic planning, human resources, financial, safeguarding and governance arrangements, the Trust has come out with a green light in all these areas of its work and practices. 

Consequently, the Trust has now been successful in receiving new Premier League money through its charitable fund which the Trust applied for that covers the provision of a variety of programmes in the community. 

These include work across a range of sports, work with women and girls’ football, additional work in schools and the PL Kicks programme that works in the most deprived areas of Bolton. 

Phil Mason, Head of the Trust, said:  “We are delighted with the news this week. It was a very tough process this year and all the team have worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome. 

“To get a clean sweep on all the Premier League funding we applied for is also fantastic news and secures so much of the good work in the community for a further 12 months. 

“I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers of the Community Trust who work so hard and are dedicated to really helping make a difference and narrow the gap of disadvantage in our community.

“I would also like to thank the wider Club for all the support and encouragement in this work and the desire of the Club to be at the heart of the community.”

The Community Trust continues to seek support and funding from local businesses through the Community Partner scheme. 

For more information, please visit or email or call 01204 673790.

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