About the Trust
The Shepherds Cot Trust (SCT) mission is to provide Spaces to Play for our beneficiary clubs. The Shepherds Cot is given over exclusively to sports and is the home of our member clubs; Hanley Tennis Club, Highgate Cricket and Tennis Club and North London Cricket Club.
As the freeholder the Trust has a primary responsibility for the common parts of Cot and ensure the occupants of the land act responsibly. We have a duty to our member clubs to provide a safe and secure environment and as custodians of this unique and valuable local resource to ensure it is protected and preserved for future generations.
The SCT land is managed by a team of volunteer trustees who are drawn from the member clubs. The trustees meet regularly to deal with immediate and ongoing maintenance, financial and other issues with respect to the land.
The Trustees and the member clubs have adopted the following Charter:
SHEPHERDS COT TRUST CHARTER
- MISSION STATEMENT
The Trustees will act to fulfil the objectives as set down in the Mission Statement of March 2016 (Appendix 1)
- CLUB MEMBERSHIP
All SCT Beneficiary Clubs will operate a policy that supports diversity and social inclusivity and set subscription and membership fees open to the whole community
- CLUB MANAGEMENT
All SCT Beneficiary Clubs will be Member Clubs supported by constitutions of governing rules that prescribe processes for the election of Club Officers and the management of the Clubs
- INTER-CLUB RELATIONSHIPS
All SCT Beneficiary Clubs will maintain an independent identity and adopt a collaborative approach to sharing resources for the wider good of the SCT
- LOCAL COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBOURS
All SCT Beneficiary Clubs will work to ensure the fostering of positive and collaborative relationships with the wider local community and immediate neighbours
- PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION
All SCT Beneficiary Clubs will support the aims of the SCT with respect to the preservation and protection of the SCT and its environs
The Trustees’ Mission statement
To care for and improve the Cot in the best interest of our Beneficiary Clubs and their members whilst preserving its green and peaceful character
Near term objectives
- Facilitate increased collaboration between Beneficiary Clubs so that they work together to build their activities and membership in a way that will make best use of the Cot as a whole
- Complete and reach agreement with Beneficiary Clubs on a 10 year development programme for the Cot
- Improve security on the Cot where feasible pending major improvements envisaged in the 10 year development programme
- Establish a preventative maintenance/repair programme for all services managed by the Trust
- Foster and develop relationships with the Cot’s neighbours for mutual benefit
Medium term objectives
- Work with Beneficiary Clubs to implement initial development programme stage
- Implement outreach programmes with Beneficiary Clubs to grow membership, encourage diversity/social inclusion and widen local awareness of the Cot, its facilities and its people and ensure that we have their support for and participation in its development
Shepherds Cot Trust – Our Patron
Catherine West M.P.
- Catherine was elected in 2015 and represents Hornsey and Wood Green, our local MP
- She is currently Shadow Minister for Europe and North America and was previously shadow Minister for Sport
- Her priorities include Black Lives Matter, Climate emergency, Safety & Crime, Education and Swimming
- She is a long time friend of Shepherds Cot. She has two children and her son Galileo was a tennis member of Highgate CLTC
- Catherine was our Guest of Honour at Cot Day 2018 and gave out the prizes at Hanley TC
- Catherine’s leadership qualities, her active involvement in sport and commitment to inclusivity, equality and internationalism fit perfectly with our Trust Mission and Sustainability Guidelines and goals.