Notts County FC Football in the Community is a multi award-winning, independent, community sports charity.
Registered charity no. 1091927
We are proud to deliver a range of innovative programmes that make a positive difference to people in Nottingham, raising aspirations and supporting some of the most disadvantaged, marginalised and talented people across the city. We use the power of football and the profile of the world’s oldest football league club, Notts County FC, to provide direction and support.
We are committed to providing high quality, accessible and life-changing, development opportunities that change people’s health, confidence and skills, increase positive behaviours and bring enjoyment to the people we work with.
As a charity, we raise all our own funding and are successful at designing innovative projects that target specific groups of local people. We work with a wide range of groups across Nottingham on a daily basis of all ages, abilities and disabilities. Our track record of attracting funding from high-profile charitable trusts is strong and a list of current funders is detailed on our Partners page.
Our business has been developed into four key areas:
- Health: we deliver a range of healthy lifestyle, disabilities, weight management and mental health projects to a range of ages, making a huge difference to participants’ long-term health.
- Education: we deliver five education projects and currently educate 50 young people, aged 14 to 24 on a full-time basis in our alternative provision and sports-based courses. From September we expect to have 100 students registered with us.
- Social inclusion: we have a range of projects targeting marginalised groups including boys and men with mental health issues; people with dementia; teenagers at risk of crime or already involved in gangs and youth violence; children in care and offenders, among others.
- Sports participation: we promote the benefits of sports and activity from a physical, mental and social point-of-view and work with people of all ages, abilities and disabilities to increase sports participation.
Recent awards include:
- Football League’s Community Club of the Year – Midlands (2012)
- Nottingham Evening Post’s Community Award (2012)
- Football League’s Best Community Project – Health (2010)
This year we retained our Investor in People status with the Health and Wellbeing add-on.
Key dates in time:
1989 – Founded by Notts County FC as the “Notts County FC Community Programme”
- Set up by F.F.E & V.T.S
- to encourage more people especially children to play football
- to provide training, leading to employment
- promote closer community links with professional football clubs
- to encourage more people especially children to watch live professional matches
- maximise the use of facilities at professional football grounds
1994 – Gain National Award for Training Programme
2002 – Notts County FC Football in the Community gain charity status, becomes independent and forms a board of trustees
2004 – We achieve Investors in People status
2008 – Win the Best Community Initiative Award at The Football League Awards for the On the Ball programme
2008 – 1st Midlands club to achieve Bronze Standard Community Scheme
2009 – Gain Silver Standard Community Scheme status
2011 – Investor in People Standard recognition
2012 – Win the Football Leagues “Community Club of the Year” Award for the Midlands
2012 – Win the “Community Award” at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards
2013 – Receive the Nottingham City Council “Drug Awareness Award”
2013 – New website is launched
2014 – Sign 25 year contract to Manage and Operate Meadows based leisure centre. Now know as Portland Centre
2014 – Football in the Community turned 25 years old
2014 – Wins £50,000 in ITV’s People’s Millions as part of “Team Nottingham” to tackle child obesity
2015 – Hosts first Charity Ball
2015 – Launches Cancer project with Macmillan Cancer Support
2015 – ReceIves visit from Sport Minister Helen Grant MP
2015 – Win “Community Award” at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards
2016 – Launch “Knights of Notts” fundraising initiative
2016 – Win “Professional Club Community Programme of the Year” at the Sport and Recreation Awards