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Harrogate Town Community

HARROGATE TOWN Community FOUNDATION

Harrogate Town AFC Community Foundation is now an official charity, affiliated to Harrogate Town AFC. The charity has a number of trustees which oversee the governance and decision making process, with two full time members of staff. Work of the charity is guided by three main long term outcomes;
  • Improved Health and Wellbeing
  • Stronger, safer and connected communities
  • Enhanced life opportunities
 
Mission
To motivate, educate, inspire and empower all people to achieve their potential and improve their quality of life.

Work Areas
-Education and learning
-Inclusion and disability
-Football Development
-Health and Wellbeing

Key Programmes

Premier League Primary Stars
This National programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. We currently deliver sessions to local schools, provide learning opportunities and inspire young people to be active.

Community Futsal sessions
Brand new futsal sessions. Play an indoor sport which is fast, exciting and fun to play. The two sessions we are running at the moment are: U8/9’s and U10/11’s both at Harrogate High School Sports Hall.

Harrogate Kicks
A new initiative, made possible following funding from North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners. Our coaches work alongside neighbourhood Police and other organisations to deliver community based, fun, football sessions to combat anti-social behaviour.

Town Running Club
Affiliated through British Athletics, with qualified run leaders, we take beginners on a journey to being able to complete their first ever 5K distance. Participants have commented that the support and encouragement shown by leaders, as well as a friendly group have helped immeasurably.

Walking Football
A version of the game that still has all the benefits of football, without the added demands of running football. We co-ordinate community sessions aimed at those 50 years plus, with competitive teams representing the club at 50’s and 60’s age groups. Our oldest player is 74 years old!

Employability
A number of new job opportunities and traineeships are being developed (with support from the EFL Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions). Most notably the Kickstart programme, due to start very soon will create a number of new positions within the club and the charity. Traineeships are also available, focusing on three main areas: Groundsmanship, Hospitality and Stewarding.

Volunteer Programme
In order for the Community Foundation to meet its long-term outcomes, a number of volunteers are needed. Volunteer roles can vary from assisting in coaching within our active programme, to attending community events and/or matchday support

Sporting Memories
Reminiscence sessions taking place in the heart of the community, look to bring people together to socialise and talk about their memories from the past. This programme (supported by Sporting Memories), is co-ordinated and delivered by Community Foundation staff and volunteers.

The Community Team are working hard to explore different ways to meet our long term outcomes. Each programme is co-ordinated by Community staff, alongside passionate volunteers. We are very fortunate to be operating within the EFL network, providing support and signpost the charity to opportunities.

Over the next year the charity will be working to navigate the landscape created by Covid-19, whilst following the blueprint created from our ‘Community Strategy 2020/2023’.

All sessions follow strict Covid-19 guidelines, making sure both staff and participants are as safe as possible. If you require any further information please email: community@harrogatetownafc.com

 

Support the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation relies on funding from different sources to allow all activity to take place. If you would like to help support the charity, there a number of ways in which you can do this. Katie Macrae is the Fundraising Officer, organising events and giving guidance to those who might wish to fundraise on behalf of the charity.

Current fundraising activities include our Text to Win competitions and links to our Just Giving page. For more details please email: community@harrogatetownafc.com
 
The charity is supported by a number of organisations, including: Harrogate Town AFC, The National League Trust (NLT), The English Football League Trust (EFLT), The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF), The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), The Two Ridings Foundation, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners and the Sporting Memories Network.