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Best Club CSR or Community Scheme
Buenos Aires – Tokyo; bridging the Olympic Games – International Table Tennis Federation Foundation
The ITTF Foundation’s TT Legacy project operates around the 3rd Youth Olympic Games celebrated in October in Buenos Aires aiming to leave a long-lasting social legacy of this high-level sportive event in the host community. Children and youth from different social backgrounds, including those with a disability, or living in or close to one of the many Japanese communities and reaching also the ones living far away from Buenos Aires receive two table tennis sessions per week during two years. 4 coaches do not only teach table tennis, but create also interest and empathy towards the Games, and to work with their groups on a different value each months. The social environment takes an active part in the project, so that the participants can share their experience live with their relatives.
It’s about using a prestigious event like the Youth Olympic Games to infect also those with passion for our sport who normally would not have the possibility.
Dream Building with Refugees – International Table Tennis Federation Foundation
The ITTF Foundation’s “Dream Building for Refugees” project offers table tennis as a form of relief and hope for families, in 6 from 12 districts of the Zaatari Refugee camp. The aim of the project activities is two-fold: Firstly, to use table tennis to promote individual and social change inside the Syrian Refugee community within the camp. Secondly, to increase cooperation and strengthen social cohesion through table tennis between Syrian refugees and Jordan people. To date more than 156 (total: 123 boys and 33 girl are attending the trainings. From Sunday to Thursday, 2 coaches who passed the Level 1 course are coaching in the morning the boys and in the afternoon the girls.
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.
Home Is Where The Heart Is – Everton Football Club & Everton in the Community
In November 2016, Everton Under 23 Manager David Unsworth and his entire team of backroom staff and players slept outside at Goodison Park at Everton in the Community’s ‘Goodison Sleepout’ event to raise awareness of homelessness in the city of Liverpool.
After taking part in the Sleepout on the coldest night of the year, David Unsworth and Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale devised a fundraising campaign called ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ (HIWTHI) to support young people on the brink of homelessness across the city. Supported by a committee made up of staff from across the Club and charity, the group set themselves a fundraising target of £230,000 with the final goal of purchasing, and operating, a house close to Goodison Park to offer 16-23-year-olds who have fallen on hard times, or have perhaps fallen out of the care system, a place to stay in Liverpool. Aside from offering young adults a roof over their head in difficult times, the Club’s official charity will play a large part in their development by providing them with access to key services including health and wellbeing support and assistance with education, employment and training as well as encouraging them to volunteer.
International Teqball Federation
FITEQ is dedicated to giving back to communities through charitable and not-for-profit activity In 2018, FITEQ began a campaign to reach underprivileged regions of Africa and the Middle East through sport-based educational programmes in cooperation with Peace and Sport, an independent NGO under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert the 2nd of Monaco This initiative gives youth from underprivileged and underdeveloped regions the opportunity to participate in Teqball, while also taking part in activities that focus on building a sense of community around sport The project promotes sport and educational activities for youth as powerful tools for social inclusion and to combat violence in conflict-ridden environments The programme has the capacity to involve between 100-500 participants at each location and has been successful in creating a sense of community and togetherness, as well as providing potential pathways within the sport with participants offered the opportunity to become Teqball coaches This part of the program ensures its sustainability in those communities, with local coaches able to continue the programme even after FITEQ officials have gone An example is within the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where FITEQ
Red Neighbours – Liverpool Football Club
Football has the exceptional ability to bring communities together and span generations to inspire positivity and drive change.
The Red Neighbours team’s combined experience and knowledge allows them to seamlessly work across Anfield, Everton and Kirkdale, some of the most deprived communities in the UK, pulling together agencies to work collectively for the benefit of the wider community.
The community members are vital to this programme’s success – consulting residents during planning stages ensured we developed a community led programme that met their real needs. It’s allowed us to develop and maintain meaningful relationships that have seen extraordinary engagement figures and empowerment of both residents and agencies to ensure a legacy that will have a positive impact for generations to come!
They understand that a collaborative way of working is the ideal approach to making a real impact and that the Club cannot tackle the deeply entrenched issues that these communities face alone. The team is focused on tackling local perceived need whilst also taking into account intelligence and data reports from local health authorities and council departments in order to understand the wider landscape and broader priorities.
Saints Foundation, Charity of Southampton Football Club
“It’s changed our life, and our kid’s lives The support they [Saints Foundation] give, it’s what we needed to make the change I couldn’t have done it without these lot, they changed my life ” – Saints Foundation Participant
Saints Foundation utilises the power of football and the influence of the Club’s brand and values to inspire individuals of all abilities, aged 2 to 103, throughout their journey to fulfilling their potential Last academic year delivering over 11,000 hours of project work engaging with over 19,000 people Understanding the impact on each individual’s life shapes the work of Saints Foundation Regular evaluations are taken to establish this impact and inform future developments The charity has achieved great results These results include; increasing young people’s wellbeing to an extent that after working with a Saints Community Champion the proportion of young people with a below average wellbeing score halved 96% of our Saints4Sport participants reported that their mental/ emotional wellbeing had improved in spite of being referred on to the programme for issues with criminality, substance misuse and homelessness Whilst 86% of participants from our social isolation reduction programme (for over 65s) claimed to have made a new friend.