AFC WIMBLEDON FOUNDATION

AFC WIMBLEDON FOUNDATION

At a glance

Causes

  • Sports

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

AFC Wimbledon Foundation was formed in 2013 after a recognition that the ground-breaking creation, establishment and success of AFC Wimbledon Football Club was built on the energy and effort of its supporters. The football club wanted to pay back this support by providing a series of targeted community-based activities for local people and formed the Foundation to deliver this work. 

AFC Wimbledon Foundation aims to fulfil our local community's ever-changing needs by delivering targeted community-based activities. Our core projects focus on alleviating isolation, increasing employment opportunities, improving mental & physical health, strengthening aspirations, and creating a greater sense of community cohesion. The majority of our outreach work uses the power of sport and exercise to achieve these goals, however we also team up with local partners to provide education, employability and health focused outreach work.

Activities

We run weekly sessions such as: Walking Football that aims to reduce loneliness and allows older people to socialise and get moving. Sporting Memories, which aims to tackle dementia, depression and isolation. (The session brings together older people who have an interest in sports and uses memorabilia to spark discussion and remember key sporting events from their lives.) Premier League Kicks free football sessions for young people in deprived areas. This sessions aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and violent crime by providing young people with a safe space to take part in a sport they enjoy. We run free holiday programmes for children living in the most deprived estates in the boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth & Kingston. At these programmes we offer multisports, arts & crafts, dance & drama, and education sessions as well as food provisions for all the children many of who receive free school meals.

The holiday provision offers a supportive and safe space for the young people to spend their holidays. Finally, we offer employment support to young people through various pathways including volunteering opportunities, enrolment on refereeing and coaching courses and apprentices/traineeships/Kickstart employment roles.

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