I’m James and I am the Events and Partnerships Executive at Football in the Community. My focus is on building links with local and national organisations to support the work that we do. There are a huge variety of ways that businesses can get involved and support our work and at the same time make a huge difference to the local community and my role is to support and encourage them through this process. I work closely with our Community Partners and I am also responsible for organising events that help raise funds for the amazing projects that FITC run as well as promote the work that we do.
Originally from Ipswich, I went to Teesside University in Middlesbrough where I studied BSc (Hons) Criminology before moving down and settling in Nottingham. I have held a variety of roles including 5 years as an RSPCA Inspector which was an amazing experience. I then ventured into Community Fundraising and have joined FITC from Marie Curie as a Fundraising Manager and I bring with me a host of exciting ideas. I love the idea of trying something new and innovative and my aim is to get the whole community involved in making a real difference to the local area.
I love sport and have participated in all sorts ranging from Gaelic Football to Skiing but Football has always been my passion and when I’m not working at FITC you’ll find me Coaching a Youth Football Team on a Sunday morning. I’m an FA Qualified Level 2 Coach and I love watching kids have fun, making new friends and learning new skills. I am the Chairman of my local Club and enjoy working behind the scenes and watching it grow enabling more children to participate in sport. I have a strong belief in the importance of giving children a fun experience in a safe environment which in turn encourages an active and healthy lifestyle.
The range of activities and projects that FITC run is second to none and I am proud to be part of that. It is essential that this work continues to have a positive impact on people in Nottingham and I am looking forward to building on this through some new and exciting initiatives over the coming months.