News and Stories Blog 17th October - Accrington Our Review Of 2016-17 The Foundation recently launched their 2016-17 annual review, looking back at the work the charity has delivered over the past twelve months in Stevenage, North Hertfordshire, Welwyn Hatfield and East Hertfordshire. The Foundation, who are the official charity of Stevenage Football Club have been registered as a charity since January 2011 with the vision to provide opportunities for people in the local community to realise their potential. Based at The Lamex Stadium the Foundation have just increased their number of staff to 19, including two apprentices in partnership with Stevenage based Sporting Futures Training, and have delivered over 5,500 hours’ worth of activity in education and community settings over the past year. Since 2016 the Foundation has been going through significant change to make sure that it is in the right shape to support the local community across a wide array of topics. Head of Foundation, Joe Goude highlights the need to evidence the work the Foundation is doing and generate some awareness of what the charity is all about, he said: “Since joining the Foundation, I noticed that despite being active for nearly 7 years, I found that the majority of people that I met did not really know what the Foundation did and what it was trying to achieve. We wanted to create something that opened the doors to the charity and told people exactly what we are about, as well as showcasing some of our highlights from the last twelve months. “As with any charity we are dependent on the support of the people we come into contact with and we’re very fortunate to benefit from the amazing fanbase that Stevenage FC have locally and we hope that the annual review will give others in our local community an understanding of what we do and make them aware of ways they can get involved.” Stevenage FC First Team Manager, Darren Sarll, has spoken out in support of the charity’s work: “Here at Stevenage FC we are very much aware of our role and responsibilities off the pitch and nowhere is that more apparent than with our Foundation department. “The game has changed a lot over the past few years and it is crucial now that the football club is a leader in our local community every day of the week. It is not just about what we do on a Saturday. As our official charity, the work they do across all sections of the community is of real pride to everyone at the club and as First Team staff and players, we are always on hand to help and show our support.” To have a look at the Foundation’s annual review simply click here Walking Football Comes To Welwyn The Foundation have partnered up with Welwyn Garden City Football Club to deliver a brand-new Walking Football session from the Herns Lane Football Ground, every Tuesday 10-11am. The programme is open to men and women of all ages; however, we will be looking to target the 50+ age bracket. Walking Football has taken off with a bang in Stevenage and we are now proud to be teaming up with WGC FC to grow the game and provide a fantastic opportunity for men and women in Welwyn Hatfield to walk themselves fit and enjoy the social aspect of the game. Should these sessions be of interest to you please email [email protected] for more information. Foundation Nominated For biz4Biz Award Stevenage FC Foundation have been nominated in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category as part of the Hertfordshire biz4Biz Awards sponsored by Barclays. As part of the judging process for the awards, the Foundation is calling on all Stevenage FC fans to register their vote for the Foundation to help us win the prestigious award. To vote, simply go to www.bizawards.info/companies/stevenage-football-club-foundation, register and click the vote button for the Foundation. On behalf of everyone at the Foundation, thank you for taking the time to vote.