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Improving lives through football

August 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM
As football fans throughout the country start the 2013/14 season with renewed optimism, one club in particular has good reason to look forward to the season both on and off the pitch.
 
In September, one of the most impressive and ambitious football based community projects in the country will reach fruition and will promote a programme of sports participation, social inclusion and education through football. This innovative project will operate from a base within a true 'community stand' at an equally impressive football stadium. So which club is launching such a worthwhile initiative? One would imagine that only a premier league or commercially 'savvy' championship outfit would be behind such a project. 
 
In fact the club promoting the scheme is Chesterfield FC, currently in League 2 of the football league.
 
Under-7s indoor football area in the community stand
The football club, in partnership with Chesterfield FC Community Trust already works with local children for both sports coaching and football based education projects. From September, this work will expand considerably as a wide range of facilities based over 2 floors of the Spencers Solicitors Community Stand open for business.
 
Facilities created within the community stand include a day care centre, hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite, community room, accessible changing area and soft play area. Funding for the initiative has been obtained from a variety of sources, including a donation of £350,000 from the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF). 
 
Commenting on the project, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said:
 
"It is so important for clubs to increase sports participation and physical activity in inner-city areas.  This is what PLCFF is all about, providing sports facilities that reinvigorate local communities, and we are extremely pleased that Chesterfield FC are the first League Two club to receive this investment."
 
Spencers Solicitors are proud to be able to sponsor the community stand for the next 3 years and are fully committed to supporting and assisting the work of the Community Trust.  
 
Chief Executive of Spencers Solicitors John Spencer commenting on the partnership said:  
 
"The facilities and projects in place for the new season and beyond are very exciting. This is a fabulous example of a football club using their standing within the community to positively impact on the lives of local people, both young and old."
 

About the author

Lee FosterLee Foster is a solicitor and former section head of core practice at Spencers Solicitors who helped coordinate Spencers partnership with Chesterfield football club and the CFC community trust.

 

 

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