TRUST STFC is keen to hear Swindon Town fans’ views on the EFL Trophy and the notion of a boycott of the competition.

On Wednesday, the draw for the new-look tournament was made – with Town set to face Oxford, Exeter and Chelsea’s under-23 side in the group stages.

The new format has been met with staunch opposition in some quarters, with supporters of many clubs discussing staying away from matches entirely.

The Trust wants to gauge opinion from Robins fans before formalising its stance on the matter and before backing any potential boycott.

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After gaining approval from the English Football League’s members, the organisation invited 16 Premier League clubs with category 1 academies to take part.

Of those 16, only 10 accepted the chance to be involved with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham rejecting the opportunity.

Championship teams Aston Villa and Newcastle also turned down their invites, meaning six of the spaces have been filled by clubs from the second-tier including Reading and Blackburn.

The competition was altered out of necessity on the part of EFL clubs, who were finding the old format unworkable due to the cost of organising matches outweighing the financial incentives.

Crowds for the former Johnstone’s Paint Trophy were generally much reduced compared to league, League Cup or FA Cup audiences and prize money was not available until late into the knockout rounds.

The Premier League has pledged to inject £1million of prize money as part of the agreement which sees their clubs’ young players get a chance to feature.

Each win in the competition will earn teams £10,000 and a draw banks £5,000. The overall winner will take home £100,000.

TV money is also on offer – £10,000 for home teams before the semi-finals, £20,000 thereafter – while academy sides will not claim prize money and will only take a percentage of the gate receipts from the knockout stage onwards.

All gate receipts from the academy clubs during the group stages will be pooled and redistributed evenly among the rest of the EFL sides.

The EFL were left with two options – either go along with the Premier League’s involvement or scrap the competition entirely.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has said the new format will not herald the introduction of B teams into the lower leagues.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey has been at pains to state that the new EFL Trophy is on a one-year trial run and will be reviewed at the end of the season.

Clubs who agreed to the project were initially promised 16 Premier League academies, with at least one of each invited club’s games being played at their first-team stadium.

West Ham will play all of their matches away from the Olympic Stadium.

The competition is due to be run only during international breaks, due to a scheduling issue.

Chelsea have been given special dispensation to play two of their games outside of the FIFA-allotted windows.