Support our work as an FITC partner and help change the lives of local people
Football in the Community would like to create a network of local businesses keen to support our many life-changing projects within Nottinghamshire, where we use sport to motivate and inspire. There are many ways in which your company could support our community work to become an FITC partner. In return, we will work closely in partnership with your company to help you achieve your own business objectives whilst designing creative and innovative solutions together to benefit both of our organisations.
Working with FITC improves the awareness of your company’s corporate, social responsibility (CSR) within the local community and allows you the chance to improve the lives of those who need it most in our region. In addition to this, your business will also be supporting our newly-acquired Portland Centre, providing sporting facilities and opportunities within the heart of the Meadow’s community.
By supporting us as a business partner, your business will have played a key role in helping to raise vital funds for our work as well as making a positive impact upon thousands of local people within the areas of:
- Social participation
- Social inclusion
- Company listing on Notts County FITC website with hyperlink to your company
- Company listing in ‘The Mag’ Notts County’s official match-day programme (23 editions) on our dedicated ‘FITC partners’ section
- Certificate affiliating your business as a ‘Community Partner’ – valid for 12 months
- Opportunities for your employees to enter events listed on our events calendar or let us help create an event with you!
- Designation rights to be called a ‘Community Partner and rights to use our official FITC logo on any literature you produce
- One feature in both ‘The Mag’ our official match-day programme and monthly newsletter to season ticket-holders and local businesses
- Priority access to our FITC events held throughout the year
- Other benefits can be tailored and matched to your business’s objectives
Become an FITC Partner
To become an FITC partner, simply make a £1,000 charitable donation to secure a partnership for one year.
Alternatively, if your business is not in a position to do this, we’d still love to speak to you about potential opportunities in ways you can support our work and benefit from being associated with FITC.
There are still plenty of ways we can help to grow your organisation within the local area.
Our FITC Fundraising Promise:
All funding we receive from charitable trusts, corporate organisations and individual fundraisers is invested directly into our charity’s work benefiting local people in a meaningful way.
Famous local brewery Castle Rock have agreed to become an FITC partner. There are exciting plans in the pipeline for the partnership which has already begun with a bang! After having a guided tour of FITC-owned Portland Centre in the heart of the Meadows area, Castle Rock Brewery Managing Director Colin Wilde was keen to help raise the profile of the historical centre which is situated just metres away from the Castle Rock owned Embankment pub. He kindly decided to launch the ale at Portland Centre on January 7th with the help of FITC ambassador and Notts County legend Les Bradd.
Castle Rock Brewery recognise the contribution of four local icons each year in the form of their Nottinghamian celebratory beer offering. The next in line and number 22 of the popular ales is a rich and tasty chocolate porter named after FITC trustee and long-standing Notts County FC journalist, Colin Slater.
Colin who was admitted to the football club’s Hall of Fame in 2014, is a long-time trustee of Notts County’s registered charity, Football in the Community. He says it was a big step on the part of the Board of Trustees to agree to take over the Portland Leisure Centre. He pays tribute to Football in the Community director Steve Hill and his staff for making the investment such a huge success.
Colin, who has written about Notts since 1959 and covered their matches on BBC Radio Nottingham since the station opened in 1968, says he feels greatly honoured to be associated with Castle Rock’s Nottingham Celebration Ales. “I am thrilled that the football club’s all-time record scorer, Les Bradd, is part of the launch ceremony. I recall seeing Les make his debut for Notts County in October 1967 and it was a great privilege to announce him winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Nottingham sports presentations in 2015”, he says.
Colin is president of the Notts Former Players’ Association in which capacity he works closely with Les, a fellow committee member.
‘Colin Slater’, the beer, is the first of four Nottinghamian Celebration Ales for 2016 to explore Nottingham’s past while honouring local people. Brewers at Castle Rock Brewery say the 4.2 per cent ale will be a dark ruby porter with strong aromas of roast malt with a rich, chocolaty, flavour.
“For the fans, I hope they raise a glass to our team and with each sip wish them all the best for the rest of the season, and on to greater things in the future,” says Colin.
Speaking for Castle Rock Brewery, managing director, Colin Wilde says, “Colin Slater is a Nottingham institution. He’s part of many a Nottinghamian sports fans’ upbringing over a long period time. He continues to put in a huge amount of effort for both Notts County and their invaluable Football in the Community programme. It’s only right we recognise Colin’s work and by doing so we hope to encourage even more people get involved with the projects at the Portland Leisure Centre.”
Castle Rock Brewery’s Nottinghamian Celebration Ales series, which began in 2010 and whose sporting connections include Carl Froch, Bendigo and Brian Clough, will go on in 2016 to honour D H Lawrence, Andy Turner and Florence Boot. ‘Colin Slater’ will be available at bars across the city from mid January and throughout February until stocks run out. The Embankment, Castle Rock’s venue closest to Meadow Lane, will stock the ale on a regular basis.
More information about Colin Slater’s celebratory pint can be found HERE.
FITC’s T-shirts, which the players wore to warm-up before the recent community day fixture with Northampton were provided by local printing company SPLATT. They were also worn by our volunteers who collected kind donations from both sets of fans around the ground.
Nottingham-based SPLATT have become our first FITC associate and we look forward to forming a successful working association with them.
SPLATT will enjoy the benefits of becoming an FITC associate and we hope to help them grow their business locally as they support our community work by supplying us with goods at an agreed discounted rate.
Splatt print a range of clothing products, as well as gifts, using either their own or personalised designs. They supply to local businesses, societies and clubs, as well as providing printed garments and items for parties, stags, hens and special events.
For more information, visit them at Unit 213-215 in the Victoria Centre Market, Nottingham. Call them on 0115 958 1368 or visit them online at www.splatt-t-shirts.com
Notts County Football in the Community is delighted to have made its second signing by recruiting new local wine company Petit Vineyard as a community partner for 2016.
Founder, Yohann Chaigneau has recently started his business in Nottingham which imports fine French wine from the Loire Valley region of western France. Yohann met with FITC following a local business networking meeting and was keen to partner with the charity following the positive success stories he heard after attending the club’s annual community day in November. Yohann is looking forward to getting his brand seen by more people locally whilst also supporting the vital projects FITC deliver within the community.
Yohann believes drinking a glass of wine should be a fabulous experience and takes great care in selecting the best quality wines at the best price for your enjoyment and appreciation. He is based and distributes in Nottingham to individual customers and personally delivers to your door at a time to suit you. Yohann is available to advise and guide you through the joys of choosing the perfect wine for that special occasion or personal treat.
In addition to this, he can organise personal tasting events at your home, to enjoy with your friends the pleasure of drinking a glass of wine.
Petit Vineyard offer quality and authenticity and we would love to be be your supplier of choice when it comes to choosing the perfect wine
FITC look forward to working in partnership with Yohann and Petit Vineyard and hope to have some exciting news very soon about a joint-venture charity event, watch this space!