sported. and the Football Foundation form a new partnership to support Members
13 Sep 2011
The Football Foundation
sported. has established a partnership with The
The Football Foundation is the UK's largest sports' charity.
Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the
Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grass roots
sport. The Foundation also funds projects that increase
participation in football and other sports and address some of
society's key challenges, such as social inclusion, health,
education and equalities. Their mission is to improve facilities,
create opportunities and build communities throughout
sported. recognises that the type of support offered by the
Foundation would clearly be very relevant for some sported.
Members. Equally, sported. will be offering support to some
The partnership will mainly operate through the Foundation's
Activity and Sustainability Advisors (ASAs). The ASAs work with
facilities requiring support and re-strengthening in these
difficult times, particularly where sites have lost valuable staff,
or have been unable to deliver on their agreed football and sport
plans, and run the risk of reduced usage at the site.
When an ASA identifies a facility that is eligible for, and would
benefit from, specialist help from sported., a referral is made.
Equally, should a sported. volunteer Mentor or employee identify a
sported. Member in need of access to a facility, the organisation
is referred to the Foundation's funded sites and the Barclays
Spaces for Sports sites it manages across the country. These
referrals are often through direct contact between the ASAs and
sported.'s regional team, as well as using all online tools to our
advantage, such as the Foundation's Pitchfinder.
sported. and the Foundation also promote each other's work and
live grant programmes so that help, support and funding reaches as
wide as possible.
Kathryn Berry, Member Services Manager at sported.
said; "sported. are extremely excited about entering into
this partnership with the Football Foundation and ensuring that
efforts are maximised in providing advice and assistance to the
organisations that we both work with. sported. Regional Managers
are already noticing the benefits that the enhanced communication
that partnership brings and are positive about the impact that will
be had at the grass roots level."
The Foundation's Head of Corporate Relations and
Optimisation, Clare Fitzboydon, explained: "We anticipate
that this partnership will contribute to more sustainable sport
organisations, run in a business savvy way whilst still serving
communities, as well as ensuring better use of available football
and multi-sport sites across the country.
"Whilst the partnership is still in its infancy, early indications
show that it is making a real difference on the ground. We are
confident that it will see some significant changes being made by
organisations currently struggling and in need of the sort of
support that both the Foundation and sported. are now in a position