Oldham Athletic’s Community Trust has been given Latics’ shirt sponsorship for the remainder of the season.

OACT, the charitable arm of the club, will feature on the shirts between now and the end of the campaign, an arrangement that started in Friday night’s 5-2 win against Colchester.

The space became free when Oldham Vending Services made it known they would no longer be supporting the club, one of three major sponsors to do in recent weeks.

Identity FS and HotelRooms 4 U also took the stance after a disagreement with the Latics hierarchy, the dispute also seeing long-serving director Barry Owen, a part owner of HotelRooms 4 U, depart the club “in support of the sponsors”.

The Trust has now stepped in and hopes the arrangement will be a real benefit when it comes to promoting their work in the community.

Head of community Martin Vose said: “We are privileged and proud to be given this fantastic opportunity and a huge thanks must go to Oldham Athletic for this.

“The relationship between OAFC and OACT has gone from strength-to-strength this year, during the most difficult of times for all.

“This is evidenced by the partnership work on initiatives such as ‘Food For Thought’ and the incredible amount of player engagement which has been undertaken to support our various community projects.

“As a local charity much of our work is centred around Oldham, however this opportunity will provide us with the platform to increase the awareness of OACT on a national level.”

Latics CEO Karl Evans added: “When I came into the club late last year it was obvious that the relationship with the Community Trust is a vital one as both organisations can help each other in many ways.

“I am really pleased that the Trustees have taken up our offer to be on the first team shirts for the rest of the season, which is also a great indication of how we both approach the many issues that the local community face as there is plenty of support available already from the Community Trust.”

Oldham Vending Services’ departure as shirt sponsor at the end of last month was an explosive one.

The company posted on Twitter: “Unfortunately, given events of this week we have no option but to terminate our association with #oafc and have requested all sponsorship removed from front of shirt and the boards. Our club is a disgrace.”

At no point have Latics commented on the departures of the sponsors having played the two games over the Easter weekend against Stevenage and Crawley without a brand on the front of their shirts.