18:00 01 August 2015
By Dave Toyn
At Stevenage Football Club we take great pride in our community. We understand that much like the support we receive from our fans, our support can make a real difference to individual causes, local schools and charitable organisations.
Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in the demand put upon the Club to support local schools and businesses, plus charitable causes at local, regional and national levels. As with any business, limitations on staff, budget and resources means we are restricted on the level of support we are able to offer and we have therefore had to create the following charity policy.
Much of our charitable efforts at Stevenage FC centre on the following partnerships:
Stevenage FC Foundation
Stevenage Football Club Foundation is the award-winning charitable community scheme of Stevenage Football Club. The scheme delivers a variety of sporting and educational based activities in order to help improve the standard of living within the local community.
The Foundation engages with approximately 75,000 people through the delivery of sports, education, health, social inclusion and disability-based provision programmes. This includes its Aspire Programme with local primary schools and its National Citizen Service schemes with 16-17 year olds which encourages young people to gain new life skills.
The Foundation’s Primary and Secondary School Partner Packages offer schools a long term sustainable partnership for its pupils to engage with the football club and for the school to receive exclusive opportunities which can enrich their curriculum and fundraising activities.
Stevenage Football Club also makes an annual donation of all of its surplus training and playing kit to the Foundation, who distribute this on their annual regeneration trips to Africa, which in recent years have seen volunteers travel to Kenya and The Gambia.
For many years it has been Club tradition for the players at Stevenage Football Club to visit the Bluebell Children’s Ward at the Lister Hospital each year at Christmas time. Organised by the Supporters Association, players meet youngsters receiving care over the festive season and their parents, before handing out presents and food. They then often head into the Accident and Emergency ward to put even more smiles on the faces of patients and staff.
Additional Charitable Support / Information
In addition to the above work, we do our best to support local charitable causes too through the donation of ticket vouchers which can be used to raise funds through raffles, tombolas and prize draws.
These vouchers entitle the holder to a complimentary pair of tickets for a league game at The Lamex Stadium during the 2015-16 season. The voucher is not eligible for pre-season friendlies or cup fixtures and the club reserves the right to alter eligible fixtures throughout the season. The voucher is not a ticket and must be exchanged in advance of a match day at the club shop, subject to availability. Winners must provide contact details on the voucher prior to exchanging the voucher for tickets.
To apply for a ticket voucher please fill in this online form at least one month prior to your event. Successful applicants will be contacted by email and vouchers are collectable from the club shop only. Organisations are limited to three ticket vouchers per season. (August-July).
Signed Merchandise / Memorabilia
Stevenage FC typically receives over 1,000 requests for donations to good causes each year, including signed shirts, signed balls and other memorabilia items.
Please note that unfortunately our budgets don’t enable us to accommodate these particular requests and we are unable to donate signed memorabilia or arrange for items to be signed. Such memorabilia is generally restricted to events organised by the club and through our sponsors and partners.
Matchday Bucket Collections
Bucket collections here at The Lamex Stadium are restricted to official Football League charitable partnerships – such as Prostate Cancer UK – and other annual collections at the club’s discretion, such as the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal which the club is committed to supporting every year.
First Team Player Visits
First team player visits are always in high demand and the time we have with our players for community appearances is very limited due to their training schedules, which naturally must take priority. The limited time we do have with players is therefore focused on Club community events. This includes visits to local schools through the Stevenage FC Foundation’s Aspire programme; hospital visits and various supporter events, along with any meet and greet opportunities provided during the season with our sponsors and partners.
With this information in mind, we regret that we are not in a position to accommodate any additional requests for our manager or players to participate in a community appearance.
92-in-92 Fundraising Challenges
Each year Stevenage FC also receives several requests related to the 92-in-92 hours fundraising challenge. Photos outside the stadium for the challenge can be taken at anytime, however any applications for additional support or access inside the stadium must be made by registered charities to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one month in advance. Please note support can only generally be given within working weekday working hours and we are generally unable to support on a match day.
Stevenage FC Foundation is able to offer stadium tours for groups of ten or more people, including school groups, local charitable organisations and even residents at local care homes. Visitors can enjoy a look behind the scenes at the changing rooms, tunnel, dugouts, boardroom and kit room. To book please call the Foundation on 01438 222222 or email email@example.com. Please note tours are unable to be arranged on match days.
Match Day Announcements
Requests for announcements to be read out on a match day, whether it’s a birthday, achievement, get well soon or other message can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will then be passed onto our match day PA team.