2017 has been a year of record breaking and milestone moments for Notts County Football in the Community (FITC). The success of this year’s CEO Sleepout has seen Nottingham become the most successful city outside London to host the event. Our cancer and rehabilitation exercise (CARE) project celebrated its centennial week in operation and our FITC team travelled to Hadassah Mission School in Nairobi, Kenya to teach local children English, Maths and PE skills. FITC continue to support thousands of people across two continents but can only do so with the support and donations of organisations and individuals.
One example of the fantastic organisations that support and champion the work Football in the Community does is VF Northern Europe based in 2 offices across Nottingham. Over the past six-months, VFNE have supported the charity in numerous ways such as two charity football matches, including a 5 – 2 thriller which saw an FITC all-star team beaten by the superior VFNE XI, raising just shy of £1,000 in the process.
VFNE showcase an illustrious history spanning over 100 years with designing and retailing some of the world’s most famous lifestyle brands including Wrangler, Lee, North Face, Vans, Timberland, Eastpak, Reef, Kipling, Smartwool and Napapijri in an impressive portfolio. VFNE Ltd and FITC’s newly signed twelve-month community partnership is hoped to continue the impressive work the FITC team do with a keen emphasis on children to young adult’s personal development, a cause very close to VF Northern Europe Ltd.
James Bromley, Notts County Football in the Community’s Partnership and Events Executive spoke highly of the newly founded partnership scheme “2017 has been a fantastic year and a real learning experience for me and the team. Just over a year ago FITC hosted its first ever fundraiser. From there, our events and partnership schemes have blossomed into an integral part of the work we do to raise vital funds. Organisations like VFNE are a real blessing to have and I hope as we move into 2018 that many like-minded and charitable organisations get in touch and want to support our work”.
VF Northern Europe’s Finance Assistant and Travel Coordinator, Linda Newman helped spearhead the fundraising partnership “The past six months have been really enjoyable working alongside FITC. Over the past few months we have donated shoes and jeans to The Friary, attended the first ever FITC ladies night, sent one of our senior members of staff on a 50 kilometre hike through the peak district and held two charity football matches with all proceeds going to the amazing work James and his FITC team do in the community. Every pound we raise goes to a project we have a particular affiliation with. So far we have supported young person development projects and the CARE programme. We are really looking forward to seeing what fundraising opportunities 2018 brings.”