About Us

About Us

We are the charitable foundation associated with, but independent of Curzon Ashton Football Club.  The objectives of our Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered charity number 1178657) are to be of benefit of the general public, in particular, the inhabitants of Ashton under Lyne and the surrounding areas too;

  • Promote community participation in healthy recreation 
  • To provide and assist in the facilities for sport, recreation or other leisure time occupation of such persons who have need for such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interest of social welfare and with the object of improving their conditions of life. 
  • For the general purposes of such charitable bodies or for such other exclusively charitable purposes in each case as the trustees may from time to time decide. 


Our trustees all derive from local grassroots organizations or projects;


Gemma Clayton – Gemma is currently director of Infinity Initiatives. As a trustee, she brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience to our charitable foundation.  After working for the Local Authority for a decade, mostly in the areas of Crime & Disorder and then retraining as a Counsellor, Gemma felt more needed to be done locally to support those with multiple needs and the many individuals and families falling between the gaps. In 2015 Infinity Initiatives was established with the vow to support anyone without criteria or timeframes.

David Brown – David works for Tameside MBC as the Armed Forces Welfare Officer within the welfare rights department.  He is also a trustee of Tameside Armed Services Community – which was set up to identify and work with the 7500 military veterans living in the Tameside area to help reduce social isolation and encourage participation in sport, arts, cultural trips and much more. David has served for the military and is currently President of the Ashton under Lyne branch of the Royal British Legion.  His knowledge of this demographic in particular, as well as his overall enthusiasm for community development, makes him an incredibly valued trustee of our charity. 

Lorraine Whitehead – Lorraine is a resident of Waterloo, Ashton under Lyne, and has been for over 50 years! She is heavily involved with her local community – chairperson for the Waterloo Forum and The Friends of Waterloo.  These groups arrange and facilitate events in Waterloo both for families and for the over 50 community.  Alongside being a trustee for our foundation, Lorraine is also a trustee for Richmond Street Community Centre which is adjacent to the Tameside Stadium.  Her local knowledge is imperative as a trustee for our foundation!!

Emma Toone – Emma has been working in Tameside for 18 years now and has held a wide variety of roles – as sports coach, sports development officer, competitions manager and currently, as Partnership Development Manager for the Tameside School Sports Partnership – working on the Government’s strategy for sport, the school games and working with all schools in the borough to raise standards in PE, school sport and health..  She has also held positions with Wigan Athletic FC Football in the community and she graduated from Salford University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  This wealth of knowledge in the sector is incredibly valuable and we are delighted to have her as a trustee for our foundation.