Our football clubs and community trusts exist at the very heart of 72 diverse communities,bringing people together from all walks of life. Our trusts work with a wide range of partners to help tackle all forms of disadvantage and to promote equality. We specifically focus on engaging with groups most at risk of social exclusion and work hard to create stronger, more united communities.
As a lead deliverer for the National Citizen Service we provide a huge number of opportunities for social action and also work with Parliament to support and encourage the democratic process. Our trusts work strategically with local partners to remove barriers to participation and achievement across a wide range of initiatives. Specific focus is put on work to reduce offending and improve the rehabilitation of ex-offenders as well as striving to reduce incidences of crime and anti-social behaviour. Our Game On/Midnight League initiative, which is funded by The Coalfield Regeneration Trust uses the positive power of football to engage with disaffected young people in areas identified by the police and youth agencies as ‘hotspots’ for antisocial behaviour and crime. The project has significantly decreased anti-social behaviour within some of the most deprived areas in the country.
Using football for positive social change, we can encourage people to mix in ways they would not normally do and promote a more tolerant society with a positive outlook towards their own communities.