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How the Foundation’s unique
after-build support means sites
realise their full potential.
Nantwich Town Football Club was originally
awarded £100,000 towards a Football
Development Officer (FDO) post in 2008 for
five years, alongside capital investment for a new
ar tificial grass pitch and changing rooms.
The facilities were built with the help of a
£709,995 Foundation grant and are in excellent
condition – they are even cer tified with Premier
League reserve status. ASA intervention is helping
Steve Smithies, now an unpaid volunteer FDO,
and the club, to sustain football and draw in new
players and continue to expand community use
following the end of the Foundation grant.
A combination of £865 additional funding, and the
volunteer FDO’s hard work, has helped provide
three FA level 1 coaching awards. Since exper t
assistance from the Foundation’s ASA, the club has
also recruited 30 new players for one Under-8 and
two Under-9 teams from the local community.
Three young boys have been successful in
achieving the FA Level 1 Coaching Award and
they in-turn are ‘paying it forward’ by helping to
coach the three newly formed teams.The Cheshire
County FA helped to arrange the courses that
the boys attended. One of the courses was also
arranged locally in Crewe.
Callum, a 16 year old volunteer who attended a
Level 1 course as a result of the grant, added:
“I was really pleased and grateful for the chance
to do this course. I am now coaching on a regular
basis and really enjoy working with the younger
players. It has also helped me with my own
football team as I learned a lot about organising
and planning.”
The club now has an extra 30 players a week, a 4%
increase and income is up by approximately £90
per week for the extra team sessions. In addition,
The FA’s Just Play initiative is due to star t using the
Nantwich site as a venue on Monday nights, with
around 20 players attending each time.
Already a well performing club, with good
community use, there was some latent capacity
which could be filled by setting up new teams and
helping suppor t the club into becoming a Just
Play centre.
The Foundation’s unique ASA intervention
suppor ted the FDO to up-skill young people, with
the aim of volunteer retention and to help them
plan to fill empty slots in the weekly programme.
The club now has three newly qualified young
coaches that are helping to run football for three
younger teams. Being a new Just Play facility, this
will also make the most of the pitch at the times
where it was previously empty.
Neil McAlley, one the Foundation’s Activity and Sustainability
Advisors (ASAs), outlines his team’s work of ensuring facilities
maximise their usage, using the example of NantwichTown FC.
“Working with Neil McAlley, one of
the Foundation’s ASAs, has been a
great experience as I have received
support to develop football, and
encouragement to apply for the
additional grant that supported
the development of our young
volunteers.The process was very
straightforward and the football
club really appreciates what the
Foundation does.”
Steve Smithies, unpaid volunteer FDO,
Nantwich Town FC.
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