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Best Sports Charity (or best use of sport by a charity)
EFL’s Charity Partnership with Mind
Every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. That’s one person in every family, could be hundreds of footballers and thousands of football fans.
By using the power of football, the EFL and Mind have forged a unique partnership to help improve the nation’s mental health and wellbeing.
The ‘On Your Side’ partnership was launched in summer 2018. The EFL and Mind want fans to know that whether they feel overloaded or burnt out, that we are On Your Side.
For the first time ever in English football, a new lettering design incorporating the charity’s logo into the player name features on the back of every EFL shirt across all 72 clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two. Whilst on a local level all of the EFL’s 72 Clubs have been paired with a local Mind.
Everton in the Community
Everton in the Community is one of the UK’s top sporting charity’s and firmly established on the world stage of community sports development.
As the official charity of Everton Football Club it is considered one of the Premier League’s leading community schemes due to the quality and reach of its 40+ social programmes.
Now in its fourth decade, Everton in the Community (EitC) has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside since 1988; tackling social issues prevalent across the city and addressing them head on.
With over 140 dedicated full-time staff and a passionate army of over 100 volunteers, the charity’s programmes cover a range of social issues including health, employability, anti-social behaviour, crime, education, dementia, poverty, youth engagement, youth justice and disability.
Operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year, EitC supports over 20,000 of the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of local communities each year.
The Lord’s Taverners Super 1s national cricket programme has and will continue to provide hundreds of disabled young people aged 12-25 with the opportunity to regularly participate in cricket in a community hub environment and to develop personal skills including confidence, leadership and independence. The core work of the programme is to provide regular cricket activity for young disabled people, and to act as a springboard for personal development, be that through volunteering, mentoring, umpiring, coaching or even taking the next steps to employment or higher education. Super 1s was developed in direct response to the identified needs of disabled young people and is one of the first programmes of its kind to collaborate nationally with multiple County Cricket Boards, including Cambridge, Durham, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk, Somerset, Sussex, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Scotland. The programme is also building partnerships with Local Authorities, the ECB and other National Disability Sports Organisations.
Super 1s encourages young people to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch. It enables them to discover what they can do, not what they can’t, and to become role models for their peers.
Newcastle United Foundation
In the last reporting year Newcastle United Foundation, an independent registered charity, has invested £3.2million into education, community, football and health programmes across Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland. The Foundation uses the region’s passion for football to facilitate social change and to give opportunities to those that need them most. The Foundation works hard to help people recognise opportunities and give them the confidence to grab them both hands to help make positive life changes, or in this particular case make a difficult time that little more bearable. We use the power of sport to innovatively support young cancer patients, and their families, through these tough times.
Founded in late 2016, Rackets Cubed is a Wandsworth-based charity that delivers integrated sport, education and nutrition programs to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged young children and raise their aspirations. We currently have four programmes in London, and one in Yorkshire. We seek to partner with “Aspirational Settings” and local “inner city” schools. A Video and Overview of the program are at
Our model has been built using expertise, experience and evidence from work undertaken in the US and focuses on:
– Combining high quality physical activity with STEM and robotics teaching, and nutritional support
– Delivering sessions on a regular, weekly basis using expert coaches and teachers that are able to build and maintain strong relationships with participants
– Ultimately, stimulating social integration at a local level through the power of sport
We have recently secured funding from Sports England and the National Lottery to help us scale the concept nationally. We have strong relationships the Sports’ National Governing Bodies (LTA and England Squash) and the PSA World Tour that we can utilise to grow and develop these programs
The Golf Foundation
The Golf Foundation was created as a charity to help make the sport more accessible to young people with clear values around inclusion, inspiration and innovation. We apply these values to help young people ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport.
Every aspect of the Golf Foundation’s activity is underpinned by the teaching of life skills, as the charity believes golf offers “Skills for Life, a healthy life and a game for life.”
In the last year, this charity’s ‘Golf for All’ strategy introduced over half a million young people to golf via our player pathway from schools and communities, to regular play at golf clubs. Nearly 50,000 extra boys and girls visited a golf club, creating more than 10,000 new regular players and nearly 5,000 affiliated junior members.
The GolfSixes League programme is an excellent example of how the Golf Foundation has applied its charitable values to help benefit young people and bring through the next generation of players by reaching new families and, crucially, helping to change some of the public perceptions that golf has been saddled with.
Sheffield & District Junior League, the Children’s Hospital & the Royal British Legion
This season the League supported the Children’s Hospital, the Royal British Legion and its members. In total over £40,000 has been raised this season from just over one thousand teams within the League.
The story of the League, First Bus South Yorkshire and the hospital are reaching an ever-expanding audience and the League with its partnerships has successfully fundraised for state-of-the-art bedrooms in the hospital’s new wing, with the League name proudly displayed on one of them, raised awareness of The Royal British Legion and supported members of the League.
Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sport Trust is a UK children’s charity which pioneers new ways of using sport and play to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future We want to ensure that every child — regardless of age, gender, background or ability — has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and has access to high quality PE and school sport We passionately believe this is crucial to tackling some of the biggest challenges facing today’s generation of children and young people at a time when childhood obesity rates continue to rise and young people’s mental health is in decline The programmes we develop and deliver use the power of physical activity to enhance young people’s wellbeing and equip them with the skills to achieve in the classroom and in life We operate throughout the UK and in the 2017/18 academic year reached more than 20,000 schools with our programmes and interventions Our sister charity YST international worked in 25 countries Since 2013 we have helped 5 million children participate in sport and physical activity and have trained almost 250,000 young people and adults in inclusive practice