Our Trustees

TS5C Trustees

Alan Gloak MBE
Chairman, founder, fund-raiser, and overall driving energy behind TS5C.
Mike Curtis
Philip Butcher
Sally Whittaker
Bridget Parker
Venetia Caine
Advisor to the Trustees: Spent most of her working life in varying aspects of public service and has always been involved in voluntary work. Feels very committed to Somerset where she has lived for nearly six years.

The Trustees of TS5C present their report and financial statements for the period ending March 31st 2018


Chairman: Alan Gloak MBE
Treasurer: Mike Curtis
Secretary: Philip Butcher

Alan Gloak MBE
Mike Curtis
Sally Whittaker
Philip Butcher
Bridget Parker MBE
Venetia Caine

Day to Day Management
Alan Gloak MBE
Mike Curtis
Philip Butcher


Statement of Trustee’s Responsibilities 

The trustees are responsible for the financial statement in accordance with accepted for law and regulations. 

The trustees are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with a reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the charity. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the charity and for taking reasonable steps to prevent fraud and other irregularities


Objects of the charity 

1. The promotion of amateur sport within the county of Somerset for the public benefit in particular by providing and encouraging young people, including those with disabilities, who are resident in or training in the county 

2. The relief of sickness and preservation of good health among people resident in Somerset by promoting involvement in sport as a means to achieve a more active and healthy lifestyle.


Structure of TS5C

Responsibility for the strategic management of the charity, policy making, and monitoring of its work is the responsibility of the trustees, all of whom are volunteers. 


Financial Report

This has been formally audited and can be viewed as a separate page of this report.


Chairman’s Report

After the success of the 2012 London Games nobody envisaged the further success of Team GB at the Rio games. We decided to concentrate our efforts since 2012 on supporting young athletes who had a serious chance of joining Team England at the 2016 Rio Games and were very pleased to see Cameron Kurle as part of Team GB. However, there were other athletes who only missed out due to the strength of Team GB, so we had high hopes for them at the 2018 Commonwealth games.  One of our sponsored swimmers gained a GOLD in the men’s relay. Our commitment to Wheelchair Basketball Plus clubs around the county is ongoing as continuing our support for young disabled athletes. We have sponsored for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018  the special Olympic swimming gala. We also encourage clubs and other groups to make applications to Somerset Community Foundation for grant funding from our Healthy Living Legacy fund. 

We also cannot forget the other 120 plus young people who have benefited from grants which we have been able to give since our formation in 2007. (We became a charity in 2011).  These young people worked hard to achieve their results, and whilst not all of them are now full-time athletes the benefits they received and achieved will stay with them.

Our work carries on; we now have new young record breakers. Charlie Attwood, still breaking records in the swimming pool and chased by Brodie Williams and of course Cameron Kurle. Jacob Greenow is fast chasing them. Then there is Charlie Cook, Jessica Hudson, both 15 but giving everyone in their class a run for their money. We must not forget the two Jamie’s, Harris sailing and Edwards now being tutored by David Weir no less as a wheelchair sprint racer and also now with international qualification. Please see our web site   www.TS5C.org  These other young people are only a small cross-section of those we are helping. The success of the London Games and Rio plus the Commonwealth games has greatly increased the number of young athletes seeking our help. 

Wheelchair Basketball Plus project. Frome is up and running now. Meanwhile 10 chairs from Yeovil have gone to Glastonbury St. Dunstan’s school, also Strode College have started a club sharing Glastonbury’s chairs. This was never going to be an instant turn up and go scheme.  We did not wish to rush it - it is better that we take it slowly and make it last, than rush and it collapses.  We also want to be able to evaluate the effect that the project has on the young people and are looking to engage either a technical college or university to carry out the evaluation for us. The Yeovil club goes from strength to strength. 

In 2015, we sponsored for the first time the swimming gala at Yeovil for The Somerset Special Olympics, and were happy to do so again in 2016, 2017 and again in 2018. This is a connection we are very happy to continue. 

We have continued to support projects in the county via The Healthy Living Legacy Fund, which is administered on our behalf by Somerset Community Foundation. This has a current capital endowment fund of approximately £75,000. We have given grants to South Somerset Disability Forum, Minehead Cricket Club and Taunton Asthmatic Swimming Club, helped build a Trim Trail at Strode College Street, contributed to the expenses of poor sighted/blind bowlers from Yeovil and helped with a disadvantage families group. We have other projects now in the pipeline. This is an area which we are still developing and more work needs to be done to publicise its existence.

Also, in conjunction with SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) we again are supporting the Young Sports Achiever of the Year award. Our winners for 2016 were Jamie Edwards and Cameron Kurle.  2017 Jamie Harris and 2018 will not be know until mid October.

Our board of 7 Trustees, one of whom - Bridget Parker -  is an Olympic Gold Medal holder, meet formally twice a year to consider applications for grant funding.  We have a system that two trustees may make grants, subject to funds being available, to applications in the interim. We are also helped by external advisors such as Jen Slade from SASP.  When required, other experts in their field are approached for help and advice.

We hear much about Government initiatives, but none seem to filter down to charities such as ours, and, as I have said on more than one occasion, help seems to be concentrated around the golden triangle of London and the South East of England.  Somerset only has one 50mt pool and that is at Millfield, a private educational establishment who are unstinting in their help to all Somerset students in and out of the pool. The same must be said for many schools in the private sector in Somerset.  We need the help of our supporters even more now than in the past. Our fund-raising must and will continue.

We have continued to make grants from the legacy fund we set up in 2007. This Healthy Living fund is open to any organisation in Somerset. The fund will support a broad range of activities that promote healthy lifestyles through amateur sport, physical exercise and improved diets.

We wish to be involved with projects that improve the health of children and young families, and particularly in reducing levels of child obesity, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and anti-social behaviour. Our work in this will be reviewed on an annual basis.  Grants will not be made to support individuals. This fund was set up at the direct request of the Minister for Sport in 2007 and we are, to our knowledge, the only dedicated Healthy Living Legacy fund in the SW and possibly in the UK

No report can be worth anything without a very big Thank You to our supporters and donors and trustees. Team Somerset, now TS5C, would not have been able to achieve anything without their help.

But where do we go from here?  This is the report of the chairman and I have already intimated earlier that we are receiving requests for help to enable our young athletes to compete in the Commonwealth games in 2018.  Many of our young rising stars will start to peak for 2020 in Tokyo and beyond. I hope that what we started in 2007 will be there to help in 2020 and even after that. It will if we are able to continue to raise funds.

In previous reports I said “The cost of training, specialist equipment and attending competitions are daunting for any family, yet essential if a young person is to achieve their full potential in their chosen sport. TS5C grants make an important contribution in meeting these costs. We hope that many young people we support now will inspire future generations, at a time when there is widespread concern around obesity in children and adults, anti-social behaviour and increasingly stressful lifestyles, community based sport and healthy living initiatives have an important, long term role to improve the quality of life for many ordinary people “. TS5C will I hope be there.

Alan Gloak. Founder Chairman, March 2018

The Trustees of TS5C present their report and financial statements for the period ending March 31st 2017



Chairman   Alan Gloak MBE

Treasurer Mike Curtis

Secretary Philip Butcher

logoThe Trustees of TS5C present their report and financial statements for the period ending March 31st 2016

Chairman:  Alan Gloak MBE
Treasurer:  Mike Curtis
Secretary:  Philip Butcher

Our Goal

TS5C's aim is to make a difference to people's lives in Somerset - be it in providing funding for trim trails, disability swimming events, up and coming athletes or community projects like wheelchair basketball.

We exist solely on donations from individuals, businesses and small foundations. If you would like to support our efforts, please contact us directly.
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