Change AGENTs Pay it Forward: Fulham FCLast Updated: August 1, 2020
Fulham FC is one of the longest established English football teams, a stalwart of the game’s upper echelons that has produced some of football’s finest players. It also plays a pivotal role in altruistic initiatives locally and throughout London through its charitable foundation.
FOUNDED in 1879, Fulham Football Club is the oldest football club in London. Fulham FC has played its games at Craven Cottage, a 25,700 capacity ground on the banks of the River Thames, since 1896. Fulham FC has produced many great English footballers, including Johnny Haynes, Bobby Robson and Rodney Marsh, and has played a vital role in its local communities, through a charitable foundation that was established over 20 years ago. The aims of the Fulham Foundation are empowering, educating and helping the most vulnerable members of local communities such as Lambeth, Kingston, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Surrey. Here is a look at some of the charitable work that the Fulham FC Foundation has undertaken over the past two decades.
Education and Training
THE Foundation offers an array of programmes that help young and older people to attain their dreams. Working from venues such as Craven Cottage and the club’s training ground at Motspur Park, the programmes have encouraged a great flowering of potential throughout the community from the very young to older residents. The Foundation also delivers a range of extracurricular activities for primary and secondary schools to spur educational and sporting ambitions.
IN 2005, Fulham was one of London’s first professional football clubs to create a Down Syndrome football team. In partnership with the Down Syndrome Association, the club provides specialist coaching for all ends of the spectrum, and holiday camps for people of all ages and disabilities. The foundation works with a range of community partners, including the Mark Janes Golf Academy, Surbiton Tennis Club, Special Olympics, and the London Youth Games, to name just a few.
ONE of the best examples of how the Foundation works to unite communities, fanActiv is emerging as a great way of bringing together London football fans through friendly rivalry and a healthy lifestyle. fanActiv was launched in December 2015, in partnership with the National Health Service, the Community Sports Trust of Brentford Football Club, and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Participants in the tournament (football fans aged 35+) compete against rival fans in a range of tough physical challenges.
ONE in four people experience mental health issues, and the Fulham Foundation, driven by the belief that physical exercise improves a person’s wellbeing, devotes much time harnessing the power of football in the battle against mental illness. The Foundation is a partner in the United Kingston project, which offers physical training and creates employment opportunities for Kingston residents with mental health issues. The project was launched in partnership with The Royal Borough of Kingston, Kingston NHS CCG, Mind in Kingston, Balance CIC Kingston and Comfort Care Services.
EACH week Fulham FC runs a club lottery. It costs just £2 to enter, and there is a large cash prize weekly, with additional prizes up for grabs once a month. All proceeds from the lottery go towards the Foundation and the club’s supported charities. Here’s a video from the Foundation’s Facebook page explaining how the proceeds are put to use.
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