Steve Hill, Community Director of Notts County Football in the Community (FITC), pens a farewell message as he leaves to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
“It goes without saying how sad I am to be leaving Meadow Lane after more than 20 years with Football in the Community (FITC), I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Meadow Lane and have made some great friends.
When I first joined FITC in 1996 we were a much smaller operation, focused on providing football coaching in local schools. We started off with just three members of staff but we have grown tremendously and now employ nearly 60 people along with many more volunteers who help us to deliver life-changing projects in health, education and social inclusion.
It has been hugely satisfying to oversee the fabulous work our staff have delivered in that time to thousands of people in Nottinghamshire, many of whom have little or no interest in football, making us very much a community operation, which welcomes everyone.
One of our most recent success stories has been the acquisition and transformation of the Portland Leisure Centre from Nottingham City Council ownership into a community hub, which delivers many of our programmes and offers local people an affordable place to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
I am very proud of all aspects of our work and want to thank our staff through the years, some of whom have been with the organisation almost as long as I have.
Without their dedication, knowledge and desire to change lives, it would not have been possible to reach our status as one of the most respected Football in the Community programmes in the country.
I wish everyone great success and I am sure FITC will continue to go from strength-to-strength.”
All the best,