Welcome to the first ever Notts County Football in the Community Newsletter!
As a former player and now Club Ambassador I spend part of my week working for Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) and it gives me great pleasure to write this introduction to our new monthly newsletter. FITC would like to keep you updated on our projects, success stories with individuals and businesses, as well as making you aware of opportunities and events for you to support our community work. Each month, a high-profile name will introduce the newsletter explaining what FITC means to them and this month, it’s my turn!
It is more than 25 years since former player Alan Young launched the scheme, working on behalf of the club, which in those days worked with local schools in providing football coaching to young boys. Having developed in that time, FITC are now proud to deliver more than 30 different projects throughout Nottingham, improving the lives of thousands of local people of all ages, abilities, disabilities, cultural backgrounds, both male and female.
Since I became involved with FITC, I have attended many projects and have been amazed with the range of programmes that are delivered. From the classroom where we provide education for excluded young people, to city estates supporting diversionary work. People with dementia, weight management issues, mental health problems, cancer rehabilitation and encouraging 16 and 17 year olds to become more active members of our community, the list goes on . . .
Recently, former County players Don Masson, Brian Stubbs, Brian Bates and myself attended ‘Extra Time’ a weekly programme that runs on Mondays in Aspley for men over the age of 55. It was wonderful to see so many older men (one aged 79) enjoying sporting activity including head tennis and 5-a-side football. Our former players were so impressed that they have since attended more sessions and got involved with the drills and activities.
Commencing in 2016, we are encouraging more people to become more actively involved in FITC`s work and if you feel you can help us in any way, then please get in touch and we will inform you of the many ways in which you can support existing programmes and new projects. Each of the following links take you through to our website. We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about FITC and we’d love to have you involved as an individual or local business, so please get in touch!