Funding secured for the Saints Community Project
Brackley Town FC has secured £11,779 funding from the National League Trust in partnership with the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association for our Saints Community Project programme. This is the fourth year running that the project has been generously supported with a grant from the Trust.
As many of you will know, every Wednesday is Saints Community Project day at Brackley Town Football Club.
Recognising there was an opportunity to provide support and social activities for Brackley residents who felt isolated or lonely in their daily lives, the Saints Community Project first opened its doors on a Wednesday in Sept 2015. It was believe that community spirit in Brackley had diminished over the years, as the population had increased, people’s lives have changed and some residents had become isolated.
Initially the Saints Community Project was a themed day of actives, held once per month, for members of the local community to enjoy. It was immediately evident that once per month did not satisfy the demand and more was required, so a weekly event was organised under the guise of a coffee morning which has now become so much more.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of the football club, volunteers and local goodwill but the key to its success has been adequate funding and the announcement that the football club have successfully secured funding from the National League Trust for another year is excellent news. Now elderly residents of Brackley, people with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues will continue to enjoy the benefits they derive from the Community Project.
The National League Trust is a partnership between the the National League, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association. They have each contributed funds to support all Football National League member clubs to help develop their community activities.
Over the last four years the Community Project has continued to go from strength to strength with over 50 senior members of our community coming along every week to enjoy a cup of coffee and a natter with old friends and making new acquaintances. The project is run by Kim Grantham and a group of kind volunteers, who serve coffee and cake and also prepare a home-cooked lunch for those who want to have a bite to eat.
Brackley Town Football Club offers the perfect venue and the Saints Community Project is able to host a whole range of activities to bring people together, put something back into their lives and create a sense of purpose.
Kim Grantham, Project Co-ordinator said “We bring together a range of people, passing on social and life lessons, building a friendship network, creating a network of support and advice to help people feel more empowered and secure in their daily lives”.
The Project has developed some great partnerships with organisations within the community over the last year include our local police, local Waitrose supermarket, Brackley Town Council, Bracken Leas Primary School, the School of Life, our football club fans’ group - the Brackley Massive; the list goes on. Without our partners’ support by way of donations, funding and voluntary help this project could not be what it is now.
The Brackley branch of Tesco Supermarkets is a very strong partner of the Community Project, continuously offering produce and voluntary help at coffee mornings and for the themed events such as celebrating Brackley Town FC’s FA Trophy success, being entertained by an in-house produced pantomime, dancing and singing, being entertained by a variety of performers and celebrating events such as Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas. The Project has also organised some exciting days out with coach trips to Millets Farm and Hatton Country Park.
The local police regularly visit the Community Project to advise of the latest scams or frauds and provide talks on the law and legal rights. The Project also provides a lists of recommended and trusted traders and carers. Saints Community Project provides a safe, secure, accessible venue with activities, laughter, fun, a home cooked hot meal and hopefully lasting memories. Project Community Project members are encouraged to become involved in small projects.
In addition to funding from the National League Trust, the Project recently secured £2000 funding from Tesco’s ‘Bags for Help’ to purchase a TV and visual aids equipment. The Community Project kicked off 2019 with an exciting day of "New Year Racing" including a pig race, using the new audio visual equipment.
The Saints Community Project is open to everyone every Wednesday in the Park Suite, Brackley Town FC’s clubhouse, from 10am to 1.30pm with event days being longer. All the details can be found on the notice board just inside the clubhouse or on the web site.
Volunteers are always welcome, please speak to Kim if you would like to become involved.
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