Berwick Rangers Community Foundation launched in Autumn 2015 with the help of the Scottish Football Partnership‘s Community Initiative and has already had great success in the local area.
The Foundation was founded after the club opted to build on the good work of the Berwick Rangers FC Summer Coaching Camps held over the Summers of 2014 and 2015.
Upon its launch, the Foundation wrote to over 50 schools in the local area with an invitation to visit Shielfield Park on a matchday, an offer which is still being taken up week after week, and remains open to all local junior organisations.
The Foundation built on its partnership with Matty Moor Football Coach by holding a half-term camp in October ’15, an experience enjoyed by no less than 40 youngsters.
Following this, the SPFL Trust then provided a grant which allowed for the purchase of new goalposts and nets for the Foundation’s Old Shielfield base.
The SPFL Trust‘s generous equipment grant has helped the ‘Gers Foundation to plan an extended four-week 2016 Summer Camp, which will be funded by another grant from the Scottish Football Partnership, allowing the club to offer 150 places to children between 3-10 years of age over July and August.
And after securing further funding from the Scottish Football Partnership & the SPFL Trust, the Foundation were elated to announce that Matty Moor would travel around local schools to deliver sessions to over 500 children across a 48-week period. In addition to this, funding has been made available to strengthen ties with local youth teams in the form of two networking events.
The Scottish Football Partnership have also granted the Foundation £1200 to cover publication costs of 200 copies of a ‘Reminiscence Book”; a project to be undertaken by the club’s programme team, and carried out in consultation with the Alzheimer’s Society and Football Memories.
And 2015 was rounded off with the news that the Foundation would offer Christmas football sessions at Longridge Towers High School.
In 2016 and 2017 the Foundation held a successful Festive Friends event which is aimed at people who may spend Christmas alone and provides an evening out and meal for the participants.
For any school interested in a free day of football coaching from the Berwick Rangers Community Foundation, please contact Matty on either:
Tel: 07769 203877
All schools who take part in the free coaching intiative will receive free junior season tickets courtesy of Berwick Rangers Community Foundation.