Holywell Town Football in the Community (FITC)

Flintshire, North Wales

Holywell Town Football in the Community delivers fun, safe and inclusive football opportunities to get young people off the streets and into sport.

They offer a range of programmes, including Friday night football to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre; football literacy programmes in schools to support young people with reading and writing; girls-only football sessions; and a partnership with a local mental health charity.

All were developed as a result of support and funding leveraged through working with Sported.

Lack of time has always the biggest challenge for Steve Thomas, Football in the Community Officer at Holywell Town FC, having to juggle running the programme with his full-time job.

To support Steve with the establishing the programme and help broaden the young club leader’s knowledge of running the programme as a business, Sported awarded support from volunteer mentor Clive Barnard.

Clive initially supported Steve with a successful £5,000 grant application, and then supported the group further by offering advice and guidance on what steps needed to be taken in order to grow and sustain the programme year-on-year.

Thanks to Sported’s support, the club now delivers weekly sporting and development opportunities across Holywell.

The programme’s operational capacity and sustainability has also improved considerably. They now have an active and engaged volunteer workforce and part-time member of staff delivering the programme, supported by a ‘business savvy’ steering group.

With the people and processes in place to apply for bigger funding pots, the club has exciting plans to expand the programme further.