Best Sports Charity (or best use of sport by a charity)

Everton in the Community

Everton in the Community is one of the UK’s top sporting charity’s and firmly established on the world stage of community sports development. As the official charity of Everton Football Club it is considered one of the Premier League’s leading community schemes due to the quality and reach of its various programmes.

Since 1988 Everton in the Community has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside, not afraid to tackle issues which others shied away from.

Soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the charity operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year and supports the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of local communities.


Goals4Girls is a nationally recognised football development programme with the aim of increasing the confidence, self-esteem, motivation and communication skills of young women aged 11-16, through sports and education. Since 2013 we have helped over 850 young women through our well devised innovative programme. At Goals4Girls we deliver, Workshops, Football Coaching, Player Development, Qualifications, mentoring and trips. Our young women are encouraged to set and reach their Goals in a FUN, inclusive environment. From flying down a giant zip wire to the adrenalin of scoring your first goal on the football pitch, we at Goals4Girls nurture skills that last a lifetime.

Sheffield and District Junior Sunday league

We are a small charity that supports Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Most people haven’t heard of us and yet we have more patient journeys than Great Ormond Street despite raising less than a 30th of what they do.

We are one of the busiest paediatric hospitals in the country, performing over 450,000 procedures each year. With multiple national and international specialisms including sports injuries, bones and respiratory; to partner with the Sheffield & District Junior Sunday Football League felt like an obvious step.

This formally started for the 2014/15 season and the partnership is now going from strength-to-strength. The 2017/18 season has been a great success for the league and for the charity.

The story of the league and the hospital are reaching an ever-expanding audience and the league has successfully fundraised for state-of-the-art bedrooms in the hospital’s new wing, with their name proudly displayed on one of them. The participating players and their families know about the support they give the hospital and over £23,000 has been donated over the last year.

The partnership has been commended by the FA as a model for other youth leagues and other sports leagues locally have started to enquire about opportunities for themselves.

SPFL Trust

In 2009 the Scottish Premier League Trust was established to co-ordinate and seek funding for community initiative across the 12 SPL Clubs. In 2013 league reconstruction brought together all 42 professional clubs in Scotland under one entity the Scottish Professional Football League. As a result the SPFL Trust became the Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL Trust).

The SPFL Trust is a genuine example of a charity working in partnership. Our delivery vehicle is our clubs and we work with national partners to deliver outcomes at a truly local level.

Our Purpose is to use football’s unique presence to identify and provide opportunities for people across Scotland’s communities to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.

Our Vision is:
• To work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities

Our Priorities are to:
• Inspire SPFL clubs to meet a variety of local community needs
• Build capacity in SPFL clubs to help them engage with local communities
• Engage with funders to facilitate national projects at local level
• Establish relationships on a national level to ensure that Scotland’s professional football clubs are at the heart of the national vision to tackle social issues

The Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust is a UK children’s charity which pioneers new ways of using sport and play to improve children’s wellbeing and give them a brighter future. We want to ensure that every child — regardless of age, gender, background or ability — has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and has access to high quality PE and school sport. We passionately believe this is crucial to tackling some of the biggest challenges facing today’s generation of children and young people at a time when childhood obesity rates continue to rise and young people’s mental health is in decline.

The programmes we develop and deliver use the power of physical activity to enhance young people’s wellbeing and equip them with the skills to achieve in the classroom and in life.

We operate throughout the UK and in the 2016/17 academic year reached more than 20,000 schools with our programmes and interventions.

Since 2013 we have helped more than 1.6 million primary-school-aged children and 2.7 million secondary school aged children participate in sport and physical activity and have trained more than 180,000 young people and adults in inclusive practice.