Best Football Community Scheme – non Premier League
Cardiff City FC Community Foundation
Cardiff City FC Foundation is the official charity of Cardiff City FC, we are a leading sport for social good charity in South Wales.
We support children, young people and families in South Wales to achieve their full potential. People in South Wales face a number of challenges including the impact of health, education and employment inequalities. We offer a range of programmes which inspire education, improve health & wellbeing and build safer communities.
Our team of 34 full time staff and 70 volunteers work with 17,000 people from all over South Wales each year and prioritise children, young people, families and vulnerable adults living in disadvantaged communities. Our projects aim to create a future where our communities are more prosperous, healthier, more resilient and more cohesive regardless of inequalities.
Last season Cardiff City FC Foundation improved education and employment opportunities; created opportunities for people to lead healthier and more active lives and improved community safety.
Derby County Community Trust
Derby County Community Trust aims to help people to grow their confidence and skills, live healthier lives and create positive futures. We have open sessions in which anyone can get involved, plus highly targeted programmes in which we target specific demographics.
Active Schools is an evidenced based programme, to support schools with delivering a whole school approach to physical activity and healthy eating. We aim to reduce the levels of sedentary behaviour in all children, lower the levels of targeted children who are identified as overweight and encourage referrals for the child weight management service. It also aims to support schools with identifying the needs of their pupils through assessment of pupil’s physical development, fitness, emotional health and wellbeing and BMI Z-scores. It integrates health and wellbeing within the ethos, culture and routine life of the school setting, including addressing the needs of pupils, staff and the wider community. The programme is an extremely effective, evidence-based school improvement mechanism that brings about and embeds cultural change in schools, which also supports both the referral routes into the child weight management programme and provides a comprehensive intervention programme to support in reversing the tide of childhood obesity in the city.
English Football League
For over a decade The EFL has organised two cup competitions for junior footballers from schools across the country to represent their local EFL Clubs, with the grand finals being played in the build-up to some of the biggest matches of the domestic season.
The EFL Kids & Girls Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren and U13 girls respectively, and culminates in the Checktrade Trophy Final weekend in March and the EFL Play-Off weekends in May.
The competitions were launched to enhance the long-term impact of Clubs’ reputations within their local communities, by facilitating the engagement of schoolchildren nationwide, and encouraging the next generation of football lovers to connect with their local league Clubs.
Since the inception of the competition Clubs have engaged nearly a quarter of a million participants, and in the 2017/18 season over 2,600 schools participated across both tournaments nationwide, with over 21,000 children taking some part in the competitions at various stages.
At every stage, there are some great prizes for schools to win, such as certificates, pennants, medals and trophies, providing all participating children with fantastic memories of taking part in one of the country’s largest national football competitions.
Kew Park Rangers
Kew Park Rangers is a community football club, which was established in 1999 and started with fewer than ten children. It now coaches over 700 girls, boys, youths, adults, players with disability and veterans in 33 teams, making KPR the second largest community football club in Surrey. Kew Park Ranger’s key aim is to increase football participation and provide opportunities for all individuals from different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. The club has introduced a season-long programme, as well as school holiday coaching schemes and coaching, referee, mentoring and junior leadership courses for potential volunteers of any age. KPR has been voted the Surrey Youth League Fair-play winners in 2013/14, 2016/16 and 2017/18, Surrey FA Respect Club of the year in 2014/15 and FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year in 2015.
Kick It Out
Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
The organisation has raised awareness of, and challenged, discrimination across the professional, non-league and grassroots levels of the game for 25 years. Our work continues to make football a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.
A small independent charity, the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.
In 2013 we launched our Kick It Out reporting app, which allows anyone to report discrimination they see or hear at football matches or online. The reporting tool has since becoming one of the most prominent and well-known forms of registering a complaint.
Internationally, Kick It Out has close links the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Network, and has been cited as an example of good practice by the Council of Europe, the European Commission, European parliamentarians and the British Council.
Luton Town FC Community Trust
As part of the Luton Town Community Trust’s important work to address the issues of community cohesion within Luton, they delivered a ‘Football For Peace’ scheme in the Town – which culminated in a tournament at Kenilworth Road in May 2018.
The scheme sought to change attitudes through a series of workshops, assembling a diverse and representative cohort of up to 30 boys and girls and create an environment where different personal attitudes and prejudices could be explored and discussed.
The Community Trust focused on 10 high schools and relevant community football clubs in the town by initially identifying key staff and club officials and arranging to meet and explain the concept of ‘Football for Peace’.
Whilst learning sports leadership skills, during the course training, the young ambassadors attended a variety of workshops looking at issues such as equality and diversity ,learning ways to tackle
prejudice, hate crime and extremism, while developing skills such as conflict management.
Those involved have also gained recognised level 1 and 2 sports qualifications in sports delivery and leadership – all of which will stand them in good stead in their future roles as ambassadors for young people and the town.
Pompey in the Community (Portsmouth FC)
In October 2017 Portsmouth played Oldham at Fratton Park; there were numerous arrests including 32 young first time offenders. As a football offence each of the youngsters should have been mandatorily prosecuted with a possible custodial sentence, 3 year football banning order and a subsequent criminal record for life!
In partnership with the Policean initial workshop. Each lad needed the guaranteed support and attendance of a parent/guardian to participate. This consisted of:
• The police cctv footage of the match and then informing parents of the usual consequence and the opportunity available on this occasion
• Video from Christian Burgess, PFC player explaining how pitch invasions and this sort of occurrence is not what they want to see from their fans.
• Talk from a parent whose son had been prosecuted for a similar offence previously, Eric Eisner, American PFC owner expressing his disappointment and from a 657 member on how things have changed since the ‘70s.
The lads were expected to attend regular educational workshops and volunteer at PiTC activities.
Following the project 7 15 lads have been returned their season tickets, now have a clean slate and the Police are looking to roll the programme out nationally.