To enable us to continue working in the local community and supporting those that need it the most, we have various events running throughout the year to raise funds for our Charity and we would love you to get involved.
Whether it’s an event hosted by Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) or an event we’re participating in on behalf of our charity there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
We’re also keen to hear from any FITC supporters who are interested in running their own events, no matter how far-fetched they are! Whether it’s something simple like a cake sale or dress down day or something more challenging like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, we want to hear from you and we will support you all the way
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On Thursday 26th November, The Meadow Lane Bar hosted the first Football in the Community fundraising event – a Charity Race Night.
FITC kitted out The Meadow Lane Bar to demonstrate their range of projects that they deliver within the community and races were shown on the projector screen, televisions above the bar and also in the booths which had been hired by local businesses for the evening. Horse and race sponsorship were sold prior to the evening to fans, locals and businesses and there were some very creative suggestions which made the night even more fun!
The event started at 7:30pm when Events Executive Neil Kelly introduced the evening and thanked the sponsors of the races, formed of local businesses keen to support the event. FITC would like to extend our thanks to race sponsors; Notts County former players’ association, Domenico Consulting Ltd, Bhatia Best Solicitors, Integral Financial Planning, Bridgfordian and Code Print Ltd.
Following this, there were eight races in total, four before the half-time raffle and four afterwards. There was a good atmosphere as people cheered on their favourite horse over fences and along flats. FITC Ambassador Les Bradd won the award for the loudest cheer of the night as his horse ‘Big Bomber’ raced to victory! Between races, young local magician Tom Doherty wowed the crowd with some fantastic magic tricks!
FITC would also like to thank Notts County FC, Splatt printing, Portland Centre and many others for their support with the raffle which was drawn during half time. The star prize was a signed Notts County shirt which was won by an employee from Bhatia Best Solicitors team.
A big thank you to all who came down to support the event, those who named the horses and well done to the winners of the races! A good start to our FITC fundraising foray into events, hopefully the next event will even bigger and better!
Our second events evening is an information evening giving details of our exciting expedition to Kenya next October, please see our noticeboard of events for details on this evening.
Notts County FC Football in the Community’s (FITC) second fundraiser proved just as successful as the first with attendees treated to a memorable night in the stunning and intimate setting of the Malt Cross Caves. After introductory speeches from FITC’s events executive Neil Kelly, wine-expert Yohann of local wine importer Petit Vineyard and Millie from the Malt Cross, attendees were treated to one lighter and one more medium-bodied French red wine, both matched to fantastic canapés by the Malt Cross chef. Young magician Tom Doherty was on hand to add a touch of magic to the evening and he wowed everyone with his jaw-dropping card tricks.
The evening’s proceedings then halted briefly as everyone took part in a bit of spot the ball, a wine quiz and even some golf putting laid on in the cave. A popular Sauvignon Blanc followed and the evening ended with a wonderful sparkling white, saving the best until last, once again matching both wines with canapés. The evening ended with local Rotarian John Robinson winning the quiz and one other lucky guest winning a signed Notts County FC shirt. The successful event raised almost £500 and gave people the chance to experience a rare evening in one of Nottingham’s iconic caves. Thank you to all the guests who bought a ticket to support the evening and thus supported FITC’s mental-health projects within the local community.
On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March, Broadmarsh shop Threads hosted its successful weekend launch event after its official opening in November of last year. The fashionable shop stocks a range of stylish clothing from labels including Ratchet and FITC community partner Its Simple.
Sunday also saw the launch of the FITC and Its Simple t-shirt garment that FITC’s Neil Kelly along with Its Simple founders Kurtis Bateman and brother Liam have worked hard to design, produce and sell. Graffiti, a DJ, sweets, drinks and Scalextric enhanced the event which was well attended throughout the afternoon by both Notts County FC fans eager to grab an autograph from midfielder Graham Burke as well as adults and children drawn in by the buzz created.
The t-shirt which includes both the FITC and Its Simple logo also includes the Nottingham skyline, representing the community work the registered charity do on a daily basis to enhance the lives of local people by engaging them through a range of sporting activities. It is available in black and white and in a range of sizes, with some of the limited-edition t-shirts being sold on Sunday at the launch. 50% of proceeds from sales will go to supporting FITC’s community projects.
T-shirts are priced at £20 and can be purchased at the Threads store, in the Notts County FC club shop or by contacting Neil at FITC. Call 0115 955 7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be the lucky owner of only 25 t-shirts produced.
Recently, Notts County FC Football in the Community have launched a public fundraising campaign to encourage fans and members of the public to help raise funds for their community projects within the local area. Anyone who decides to raise funds for the charity will be inducted into their ‘Knights of Notts hall of fame’. Manager Tim Hatton has led by example and become the latest Knight of Notts by completing a sponsored run.
FITC’s Senior Manager Tim Hatton has been a keen middle and long-distance runner since he was a teenager. This year, he decided to challenge himself and fundraise for FITC’s work by taking part in the Grindleford Gallop – a 22 mile fell race in North Derbyshire, which includes three extremely steep hills and 3,000 feet of ascent.
Although the race was gruelling, Tim managed to finish and visited some of the prettiest parts of the Peak District while he did it. Starting in Grindleford, the race visited Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor, the Chatsworth estate and Baslow before heading uphill for the final time along Baslow and Frogatt Edges.
Luckily for Tim, he was able to complete the run despite having to reduce training due to a niggling injury. He found the last five miles particularly tough as he hadn’t managed to complete more than 15 miles in training, so this was unchartered territory. Luckily this coincided with the 6th checkpoint where he was able to reload on lemon drizzle cake, jelly babies and orange pop in Baslow to fuel him up the final and toughest hill, up to Baslow Edge.
He suffered two episodes of cramp in the last two miles and a huge blister on his big toe, but managed to finish in 3 hours 22 minutes and raised a phenomenal £978 for FITC’s community projects.
Tim said, “It was a tough run and I’m still suffering but it was great to raise so much for the projects our award-winning team deliver within the local community. I hope this will raise awareness of our ‘Knights of Notts’ initiative and that we can induct many other people into our hall of fame, whilst raising much-needed funds for FITC.”
On 12 April, we held our first Community Partners’ Networking Evening at Meadow Lane for our current and potential business partners from around Nottingham.
A total of over 20 Businesses attended the event where they enjoyed food and drinks before watching the Notts County v Hartlepool game from the comfort of the executive boxes. The whole evening was a great success as it allowed businesses from around Nottingham to further connect with other business through the links we have here at FITC. Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was fitting that Notts managed to secure a 1-0 win.
Guests met first team players Graham Burke and Andrew Boyce who found the time to come up to the boxes to meet those in attendance which was a great addition to what was a successful evening.
On Wednesday 13 April, two teams from Notts County FC FITC’s ‘Extra Time’ project, for men aged over 55, played a mini 7-a-side tournament against two teams from Burton Albion FC Community Trust. The tournament was held at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus on their 3G astro-turf pitch and gave both teams the opportunity to test themselves against another local over 55’s team.
The opening games were very tight and very well played by both teams, with both Notts A and B teams grabbing 1-0 wins against their respective Burton opponents. The following round of matches saw a resurgent Burton B side steal a late 1-0 win against Notts A whilst in the other game, both teams managed a stalemate thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by both keepers.
The final round of games saw a grudge match between the two Notts teams with the two Burton teams facing off against each other. Notts A managed to overcome the other Notts teams 3-0 but both teams played extremely well given the fact that they had already played two games against high quality opposition. The Burton A v Burton B game finished with a 1-0 win for Burton B.
From the results of the round-robin, a final was played between Notts A team and Burton B team with the two remaining teams fighting it out for third and fourth place. By this time the age gap between the Notts players (with some in their late 60s and 70s) and the Burton players began to show as the Notts team began to tire, meaning that Burton B won the final 1-0 and Burton A won their match 5-0.
During the evening, all games were in great spirits and at a high skill level, which is credit to both sides as by this stage the over 55’s had been playing nearly 2 hours of football!
Overall the tournament was a great success with players from both teams thoroughly enjoying the night. We hope to organise a return fixture away at Burton Albion in the near future. Congratulations go to Burton’s B side for winning the tournament and to Notts A for coming runners-up. After the tournament, the participants joined together for a group photo before heading down to the local Crusader pub for a well-earned pint.
On Saturday 16 April, a group of Notts County fans, Community partners and FITC staff completed a gruelling 17-mile walk through the countryside from Meadow Lane to the OneCall Stadium, home of Mansfield Town, in time for the local derby game between the Magpies and the Stags.
Starting the walk from the gates outside Meadow Lane at 6:30am on a cold Saturday morning and fuelled with bacon cobs from the local café, the walkers embarked on their journey which would take them via Papplewick, Newstead Abbey and Thieves Wood before arriving into Mansfield in time for the 1pm Kick-off. The walk, although being extremely tiring, was completed with a great spirit and was enjoyed by everyone, especially because the weather had decided to stay dry for the duration of the walk.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of those taking part, FITC managed to raise just under £2000 which will go towards the further development and delivery of our award-winning charity projects. Many thanks go to all those who took part and made this such a successful event. Those who raised money will be inducted into the ‘Knights of Notts’ for all their hard work and generosity.
CLICK HERE to see 15-year-old, City of Football Vlogger Elizabeth’s video of the walk.
On Thursday 28 April, around 65 Notts County fans gathered at the Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford for FITC’s fundraiser, ‘Wembley Winners’. The event was used to celebrate the 25th anniversary of when Notts County won back-to-back promotion from the old Third Division to the First Division.
Colin Slater was Master of Ceremonies for the event where three ex-players from the promotion winning sides, Tommy Johnson, Mark Draper and Kevin Bartlett, along with special guest Les Bradd, told stories of their playing days and relived the memories of those two victorious trips to Wembley and all the build-up in advance.
Everyone who attended the event thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was full of laughs and fun stories of what the players got up to back in their playing days. It was a very interactive evening which included a question and answer session where the fans got to ask the players about anything to do with their careers, whether that be at Notts or elsewhere.
There was a raffle where fans could win programmes from the play-off finals signed by Tommy, Mark and Kevin, a signed shirt from the current squad, signed Notts postcards by Les Bradd and Dom Masson, as well as the most desired prize of the night, a Chris Kiwomya tracksuit top. We also held a silent auction where the prize was a framed 1991/2 shirt signed by all the players from the promotion winning sides plus the manager at the time, Neil Warnock.
Everyone who attended was extremely generous in by raffle tickets and some bids on the silent auction were in excess of £200. All money raised from the event will go towards the continuation and further delivery of FITC’s Working Age Dementia project for Men.
Many thanks go to Trap 6 Events for helping to organise the event and with the selling of tickets, as well as for their extremely kind donation to the charity. To the Poppy and Pint for their hospitality. To Steve McGill for providing music for the event which kept the event flowing whilst there were breaks in the night. And finally to the ex-players Tommy, Mark and Kevin as well as Les and Colin for the great entertainment they put on for the fans. All in all, the night was a great success and was enjoyed by all. FITC hope to be able to put on similar events in the future so if you missed the event this time, or enjoyed it so much you want to attend the next one, then make sure you get tickets, so you don’t miss out.
Notts County Football in the Community’s fundraising events continued on 14 July at Castle Rock’s recently refurbished Embankment Pub, in the impressive upstairs private function room.
Consultant and former director of Castle Rock Steve Bramley impressed beer fans with his knowledge of the brewing process, showing attendees a series of PowerPoint slides and videos showing the intricate nature of brewing beer from ingredients to fermentation. He also spoke in depth about the difference between types of beer such as pale, mild and dark and how these are created from hops and barley to the pint you enjoy at the bar.
FITC ambassador Les Bradd came to down to support the event along with former Magpie’s player and manager and now FITC Activity Manager Ian Richardson who despite usually drinking lager, was impressed with the Castle Rock ales.
Following this, beer fans tried a variety of five different Castle Rock ales, these were kindly donated by the local brewery and gave tasters the chance to try a broad range of ales including the popular Harvest Pale and fellow floral golden ale Elsie Mo. They were then treated to a West-Coast style IPA called Traffic Street Specials #1 Stereotype before sampling a traditional-style mild called D.H Lawrence from their popular Nottinhamian Celebration ale range. Finally, fans were able to try red-blooded ale Red Riding Hood, all of which split opinion amongst the crowd of which was their favourite but all went down excellently and very quickly!
Former director, Steve answered questions confidently and spoke at length about each beer as the room compared and contrasted views on their favourite whilst Steve also gave a brief overview of the tours that Castle Rock offer at their local brewery.
Castle Rock then kindly donated the remaining ale to beer fans which they took great advantage of as they enjoyed the Wales v Portugal EURO 2016 semi-final on the big screen accompanied by some fantastic 2 for 1 pizzas and their favourite ale.
Neil Kelly, Events Executive from FITC spoke with beer fans about FITC’s community work with one attendee keen to try FITC’s Motivate project to help him lose some weight. Other comments included attendees being unaware of many of FITC’s projects as well as learning lots about Castle Rock’s range of beers with many commenting they would return more frequently following the successful fundraising evening.
FITC would like to thank Community Partner Castle Rock for their support with this fundraiser where a great night was had by all. A special mention to Steve Bramley and Embankment staff for making this event happen as well as Simon Clark from Trap 6 events for helping to promote and sell tickets.
Football in the Community (FITC) were delighted to be involved as a local community partner in this year’s Robin Hood races for the very first time.
Taking place on Sunday 25th September, FITC had fifteen runners representing the football club’s registered charity with the majority running in the half marathon event. In addition to this, FITC recruited a team of over twenty local volunteers who did a fantastic job in keeping runners safe and motivated throughout the event.
Speaking about the partnership with race organisers Sweatshop, FITC Partnerships Executive Neil Kelly said; “It’s been a fantastic experience to be involved with such a historic and well-organised event. This is FITC’s first year of public fundraising so it is important we form partnerships such as these to offer our support to the event in the form of volunteers and promoting the event to Notts County fans. We were delighted to have a team of fifteen runners, raising money for FITC projects as well as the profile of the organisation. To have staff from FITC, the football club and even two former players highlights how the club and charity are working together to support each-other. FITC would love to be involved next year and build on the success of this year’s event.”
Notts County men’s and ladies fans volunteered their time to help support the event along with young members of Nottingham Rotary Club’s football team and volunteers from FITC’s student NCS project. Volunteers received free tickets to Notts County’s annual community day as a gesture of thanks for their effort and support. Steven Grocock, a huge Notts County fan of both the men and ladies team volunteered at the event and said; “It was an amazing experience, the ladies I was working with were both fantastic seeing some of the people crossing the line was just so inspirational!”
With money from sponsorship still coming in, the total raised currently sits at £1,400. Former Magpie Gary Lund was the first FITC finisher crossing the line in a hugely impressive 1hr 36 mins. FITC trustee David Hindley was the first FITC marathon runner to cross the line in a fantastic 4hrs 7mins with Kit Manager and former goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington clocking up a great time of 4hrs 32mins.
After a number of close matches, Mansfield-based Business Academies team managed by Steve Fallon ran out FITC Corporate Cup winners for 2016 taking the Champions League trophy.
Twelve teams registered for the event held on Friday 7th October at PlayFootball in Arnold, with teams representing FITC and Notts County Football Club in attendance. Other businesses included those from the fields of; construction, garages, law firms, car companies and even a cheese-maker!
Teams were placed in three groups and played each once in matches lasting ten minutes on the 3G pitches. Based on their results the teams of six players were then placed in either the Champions League, Europa League or Checkatrade Trophy where they played another series of matches.
After nearly three hours of football, the latter part in monsoon-style conditions, three teams reigned victorious. Runners-up received FITC medals with the winners gaining medals and a trophy to take back to the office. A list of winners and runners up can be found below.
Over £2,000 was raised from the event for FITC’s men’s working-age dementia project to sustain this project for local men with early-onset Alzheimer’s. FITC wish to thank all the teams and supporters from local businesses who came along to support the event and hope to organise another event in 2017.
Winners – Business Academies
Runners up – Total Integrated Solutions
Winners – RMS
Runners up – Lindleys Autocentres
Winners – Browne Jacobson
Runners up – Geldards
Fair play award:
Cropwell Bishop Creamery
Nottingham’s first CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Sleepout looks to have raised over £40,000 for charity after senior business men and women from local companies spent the night under the stars recently in the name of charity. It was only a small taste of what homeless people go through every night but company bosses admitted to feeling humbled after sleeping rough for one night inside Notts County’s Meadow Lane stadium.
Around 75 chief executives, directors and chairmen at businesses across Nottingham gave up their beds on Thursday 13th October as part of the city’s first CEO Sleepout in aid of charity.
After listening to presentations from the four organisations set to benefit from fundraising, they were treated to a set from local Streetwise Opera who serenaded the room before participants enjoyed a meal donated by Reverend Hannah Hall and her team at St Saviour’s Souper Kitchen. Finally after some networking time, each person bedded down around the Meadow Lane pitch and spent the evening in sleeping bags on cardboard, before waking at 6am.
Simon Gray, Chief Executive of networking group Nottingham Means Business and two companies, said: “It was fine to begin with but at 2am it got a bit noisy in my section of the pitch and it was difficult to get to sleep – but that brought it to life. The temperature drops really quickly when you’re lying on the ground and waking up in the morning it was very cold.
“I’m really glad I did it because it makes you appreciate what you have and what many people don’t have, even though this is only a really small thing and only offers a little glimpse into what some people go through over an extended period of time.”
Colin Wilde, Managing Director at FITC Community Partner Castle Rock Brewery, said: “People were getting up to go to the toilet and walking around throughout the night. “Although we were doing it in a safer, more enclosed environment, the vulnerability of being out in the streets – where it could have been anyone – hit home.”
Jonathan Hammond, principal of Bingham-based Hammond Property Services, said the charity presentations made before the sleepout “hit a nerve” with those involved. He added: “It really made the whole thing come to life. Rather than just raising money, we could see the end user and it really had a humbling impact on everyone in the room.”
Everyone who took part raised funding for projects run by Notts County FC Football in the Community, Trent Bridge Community Trust and local homelessness charities Emmanuel House and The Friary along with national charity CEO Sleepout. Many achieved this target, with current top fundraiser – On Call Recruitment boss Adrian Rawden currently on £2,700 having generously doubled his £1,000 once he achieved his target. The overall winner will receive a donated PlayerLayer hoodie for their efforts.
After the sleepout, the participants – many of whom went straight to work – were treated to a breakfast provided by Sherwood butcher JT Beedham and Sons, with coffee supplied by 200 Degrees.
FITC and all other charities involved in Nottingham’s first CEO Sleepout wish to thank all those who participated in the event from local businesses as well as organisations who contributed to the success of the event. Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who sponsored one of the participants and helped support people on FITC projects and local homelessness.