Football in the Community [FITC] recently launched their “Knights of Notts” campaign, but what is involved and how do you earn the title?
To become a Knight of Notts you would need to raise money for the Community Sports Charity, whether it be through a bake sale, running a marathon, organising a fundraising event or shaving your head. Whatever you want in order to help sustain the future of the charity and its life changing projects. Don’t worry about how much you raise. Anything is welcome and will go towards the running of FITC’s projects.
So how do we raise funding and what does our independence mean?
FITC works as a stand-alone charity. Their funding is sourced from pots of money through commissioning (i.e. from Councils, the NHS etc.), charitable trusts (like Comic Relief, the Big Lottery, Children in Need) and other organisations. They do not receive funding directly from the football club, although the club does support FITC and works with them through other avenues.
The community-based charity has three members of staff dedicated to fundraising to allow them to successfully deliver projects, pay for facilities, equipment and most importantly staff. Senior Manager Tim Hatton, Funding and Monitoring Officer Ryan Sismey and Events and Partnerships Executive Neil Kelly all work full-time to secure money from different areas.
Tim and Ryan work hard to write bids for large pots of money, creating new ideas for projects, as well as looking for money that will secure the future of established projects. With government cutbacks and an increasing amount of charity competitors, this process has become more difficult. To strengthen the teams, Neil was brought on board in 2015 to help the charity look into other areas of funding, using the power of the public and local community partners.
This is where YOU come in! Everyone can become a fundraiser and raise money. You don’t have to run a marathon or cycle for miles. Bake sales and dress down at work days are also proven ways of raising extra cash.
There are several opportunities coming up this year for you to get involved in fundraising for Football in the Community and to don your armour.
16th – March on Mansfield
14th – Join the Notts County FC Football in the Community 5 mile Tough Mudder team
15th – Asda 10 K
28th – Notts Triathlon
26th – Cycle Live
TBC – Corporate Footgolf Competition
Notts Big Swim
Robin Hood Marathon
For more information or to discuss your fundraising ideas, call Neil Kelly on 0115 955 7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org