A week of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Premier League Charitable Fund.
The Premier League is this week celebrating the positive impact of football clubs in communities as the Premier League Charitable Fund marks its 10-year anniversary.
The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) was established in 2010 to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to professional football club community organisations across England and Wales, supporting them in their delivery of local outreach initiatives.
The PLCF has provided assistance and investment to 110 professional football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League over the last decade. More than 1.5 million people have benefited from the provision of inclusive programmes, which address important societal issues and improve lives and communities through sports participation, education, tournaments, events, social action and one-to-one support.
As part of the celebratory activity, the PLCF 10-Year Anniversary Awards will take place throughout the week (23-28 November) as clubs recognise the achievements of people who have made a positive difference to others in their community over the past decade.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Football clubs play a vital role within their communities, engaging people of all ages to provide positive pathways, as well as supporting mental and physical wellbeing.
“This has been more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, as clubs refocused their efforts to develop significant outreach programmes, including assistance for the most vulnerable members of society.
“The 10-year anniversary of the Premier League Charitable Fund is an opportunity to celebrate the significant impact clubs have made to their local communities.
“Congratulations to all the award winners, who are just some of the many inspiring people who participate and work on club community initiatives.”
Funding through PLCF is one of the ways the Premier League supports communities and other good causes at all levels of the game, inspiring young people to achieve their potential and using the power of football to help create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities where everyone can achieve.
Premier League Charitable Fund Chair Tim Godwin said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the PLCF and congratulations to all the award winners. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements and impact made by individuals and football club community organisations throughout England and Wales.
“The PLCF aims to create and support activities that inspire young people to achieve their potential and positively impact their community. We are proud of the partnerships we have with the Premier League, some of the country’s biggest charities and public services such as the police, which enable us to fund programmes that deliver positive outcomes for young people.”
A selection of PLCF 10-Year Anniversary Award winners’ stories from across Premier League and EFL clubs will be highlighted throughout the week. Visit www.premierleague.com for more information.
To celebrate the awards, BFCitC have awarded some of our special facilitators and participants.
Premier League Inspires - Facilitator winner
Pendle Vale College
Pendle Valle College do everything in their power to make positive change to the lives of young people. Since working together, the school have ensured their students most in need of support have engaged with BFCitC, taking part in both group and mentoring interventions.
When BFCitC staff are not in, the school ensures that they follow up with our participants highlighting any work we’ve done with them previously. We work collaboratively to develop resources, provide after school programmes so other students can access them without disrupting their learning, and arrange celebration events. This has included taking groups to watch Burnley FC, visiting our Whitehough Outdoor Centre and having a look around local employers to raise student’s aspirations.
Premier League Inspires - Participant winner
Jack French - Coal Clough Academy
Jack has engaged with us for over 50 hours, initially through the mentoring programme developing his social skills and resilience. He also showed notable positive changes out of school.
Jack then transitioned into the Premier League Inspires group sessions, where he took a lead role in thinking of ideas for a social action project of raising money for the school to buy PE equipment.
Jack continues to develop his resilience, aspirations and social skills and is a big part of school, always making time and the effort to talk to staff. He is a real pleasure to work with.
Premier League Primary Stars - Facilitator winner
Reedley Primary School
Reedley Primary School continue to be one of our most engaging partner schools with a Burnley FC in the Community Sport and Education Coach based at the school full-time.
Not only do they incorporate the Premier League Primary Stars values but they go above and beyond to ensure all of their children have equal access to our provision.
The school are very innovative and through working with their Premier League Primary Stars Coach, they have developed their own teacher questionnaire to identify gaps in staff development. Once identified, we support the school in bridging those gaps.
Premier League Primary Stars – Participant winner
Kevin Bilotas - Castercliff Primary Academy, Year 6
Kevin is an athletically talented pupil who is enthusiastic about taking part in as many opportunities as possible, always engaging brilliantly in PE lessons, has attended multiple after school clubs, and represented the school at various competitions.
He has also been a participant on other programmes across BFCitC and he epitomises the Premier League Primary Stars values of being ambitious, connected, inspiring and fair.
Transformational Journey winner
Joe started his journey with Burnley FC in the Community as a participant on the Premier League / BT Sport funded Disability Sport Project. From this he went on volunteer as a coach on the programme, using his experience as a participant to engage and inspire others.
In 2017, as a volunteer he won a Torch Trophy Trust Award, after being nominated by Burnley FC in the Community. The award was presented to him by Bobby Charlton, with the awards ceremony offering the chance to celebrate volunteers who ensure that sport functions, thrives and inspires the nation’s youngsters.
From his experience, as both a participant and volunteer on Disability Sport Project, through the Premier League Charitable Fund, he could access his FA Level 1 and Coaching Disabled Footballers qualifications which led him to be able to work as a paid member of staff at Burnley FC in the Community.
Premier League Kicks and Disability Manager, Lewis Rimmer said: “Joe’s journey is a fantastic example of what is possible when people are provided with the opportunity to excel in the correct environment. As a big Burnley FC fan and attending sport sessions delivered by Burnley FC in the Community, Joe dreamt of working in football but admittedly didn’t think he would be able to get that opportunity due to his disability.
“Using Premier League Charitable Fund funding, we were able to create a pathway for deserving people, like Joe, to access volunteering opportunities on the Disability Sport Project alongside completing coaching qualifications.
“Joe grabbed this opportunity with both hands and ensured he set an example in terms of standards and quality every time he volunteered for the charity. This didn’t go unnoticed and in early 2019 we employed Joe as a sessional Sport Coach meaning he could be paid for each session he delivered.
“The journey didn’t stop there, with Joe now being an employee at the organisation he works across several programmes including Premier League Kicks, Soccer Schools and Bertie’s Footy Stars.
“This boost in confidence and new-found belief in his own abilities, means Joe has now progressed onto University studying Sports Journalism, which he is completing alongside his part time work with the organisation. Joe is an integral part of the coaching team and a great addition, I strongly believe that he isn’t done yet and I am looking forward to seeing where he progresses next.
“I feel privileged to have played a part in Joe’s story and watch his journey with the charity. I couldn’t think of a better person to lead the way for people who have a disability in following their dreams and making them a reality.”