The non-profit arm of the Football Club have received a grant of £25,000 that will be used to provide financial support to consolidate and drive forward football-based projects in the local community.
The National League Trust supports community programmes of all clubs within the National League system. The support comes in the form of grant aid and development advice with the ultimate ambition of encouraging clubs to become more involved in their community.
The grant is financially supported by the Trust’s funding partners: the Premier League and the Professional Football Association. Both bodies have committed to a three year funding agreement which equates to £1.2m each year and finishes on August 2019.
Head of Community, Junior and Youth Football Development, Steve Nichol commented:
“With the initial backing of the National League Trust in 2013 we were able to begin building a new FC Halifax Town Community based programme.
“A strong focus of our ethos has and will continue to be to use the name of FC Halifax Town and the power of football to make a positive difference to the Calderdale community.”
Nichol who has been part of the community set-up since 2013 said:
“We, thankfully, have received support from many organisations to develop our programme including community sponsors, RSA but particularly the National League Trust who have, over five years donated over £90,000.
“A big focus of this grant will be to increase participation levels and frequency of activity of young people in the Calderdale community, to do so we plan to extend many of the current activities we run and increase our staffing levels.”
FC Halifax Town’s Community programmes include Futsal sessions, holiday Roadshows ran in association with junior clubs, Shaytots, schools coaching and tournaments.
Community coordinator Nick Walker commented:
“During the summer we’ve worked hard to engage local grassroots clubs with our Summer Roadshows which have been a success.
“Currently, we are in preparation for the new expanding our Futsal sessions and extending the games programme we offer to players. I’m excited for what lies ahead.
“The award of the grant marks a positive period for the community programme, working with hundreds of players every week stretching from the youngest participant aged 13 months to the youth team players who range from ages 17 to 19.”
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