SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE TRUST
Alfreton Town FC are delighted to assist/support the Derbyshire Carers Association with their fundraising actions for the Carers Ball to be held in October 2016.
REDS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THORNTONS SPONSORSHIP DEAL
Alfreton Town Football Club is pleased to announce that their award winning Community Scheme has received a huge boost in the form of sponsorship from local chocolate company Thorntons.
The donation from Britain’s much-loved chocolate maker Thorntons, who are based in Somercotes, will be used to purchase 180 season tickets from the football club, which will be distributed to schools who are participating in the Community Scheme’s various programmes.
This will enable youngsters from all backgrounds to attend all the Reds league fixtures at no cost, on production of their special Thorntons season ticket. The donation from Thorntons will be used to obtain 180 season tickets from the football club which will be distributed to schools who are participating in the Community Scheme’s various programmes.
This will enable youngsters from all backgrounds to attend all the Reds league fixtures at no cost, on production of their special Thorntons season ticket Reds Community Development Scheme Chairman John Glasby expressed his delight at yet another major coup for the club: “What a year it has been for our growing Community Scheme. In June the club won the Conference Premier Community Club of the Year and now we have attracted a world-renowned major brand as a sponsor" he said.
“The additional attractions of this arrangement are that the football club itself will benefit in raised attendance levels, and many under 16-year-olds from the Alfreton area will be able to watch the highest level of non-league football for free, hopefully going on to become long-term Alfreton fans.
“I would especially like to thank the club’s Chief Executive, Paul Wetton, and Jonathan Hart the CEO from Thorntons for their work on finalising this deal and hope that this could be the start of a mutually beneficial arrangement for all parties. “Thorntons is a major employer in this area and the club welcomes a company of such excellent repute as a partner” ended Glasby.
Thorntons CEO Jonathan Hart added: “We are very proud of our home in Derbyshire and we’re delighted to be supporting our local football club. Giving something back to the local community is really important to us, so when we heard about Alfreton Town’s Community Scheme and how it will be benefiting children in the area, we just had to get involved. We look forward to developing the partnership over the coming years.”
COMMUNITY SCHEME ANNOUNCES A CHANGE OF EMPHASIS
Alfreton Town Football Club are pleased to announce a change of emphasis for their highly-rated Community Scheme which is now tying up with former Reds first teamer John McGrath and his Academy-Links Ltd company.
The ATFC community scheme began in February 2012, and has so far concentrated on providing apprenticeships for local unemployed youngsters and supporting local schools with enhanced PE and coaching sessions.
Having seen seven youngsters so far achieve their Level Two qualifications, the scheme is now switching focus onto another area of concern, that of secondary careers for former or part-time players.
Instead of using apprentices to help deliver the scheme’s programmes, former or part-time players will be used.
These players already possess some of their coaching qualifications and it is hoped that their involvement will enhance their coaching experience, help them build a second career and provide local schools/teams with access to levels of coaching not normally available.
Under Academy-Links, the scheme will deliver a wide and varied programme and be an influential partner within the local school community, other groups/businesses and the local authority.
Initially the scheme will engage with local schools to develop programmes to inspire and encourage children through various activity sessions which will lead to improvements in fitness, concentration levels and general health.
Other future programmes will include after-school clubs, holiday coaching and hopefully even football tournaments.
McGrath has considerable experience at all levels in the English game having played for Aston Villa, Doncaster Rovers, Kidderminster amongst others and latterly as part of the successful Burton Albion set-up.
He is at present also assisting at the Doncaster Rovers Academy and established his Academy-Links company to provide him with employment in the game when he can no longer play.
McGrath explained: “I truly believe that this partnership can be a huge success for the Alfreton Town FC Community Development Scheme, and Academy-Links Ltd, but, more importantly for the local community."
Alfreton's Community Scheme continues to be supported by The Football Conference Trust who are granted funds by The Premier League and The Professional Footballers Association, and without this assistance the scheme would not be able to operate. The community scheme is therefore grateful to the Trust for their involvement and the club are hoping that this new initiative will provide not only benefits to the local community but assist players at this level to develop second careers.
Alfreton Park Community School were so pleased with Alfreton Town Football Club's recent success at being named the Fooball Conference Premier Division Community Club of the year for 2014, they staged a little presentation at the school to celebrate.
The scheme, which is now over three years old, joined up with Academy-Links Ltd last summer, which is a company set up by Reds player John McGrath who is pictured with director John Glasby showing off the cheque along with children and Marie Redfern, one of the staff from the school.