Club Partnerships

LFE currently work in partnership with the following Professional Football Clubs Community Department, to run the Futsal Study Programme:

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Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United
Fleetwood Town
Mansfield Town
Rochdale AFC
Southend United

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Accrington Stanley Community Trust is an award winning non-profit, self-funding registered charity and community organisation that has been working within the Hyndburn community since 2010. They deliver around 30 projects to over 15,000 local people every year. Recent expansion now sees them work in 4 key areas: Sports Participation, Education, Health & Wellbeing and Social Inclusion.

As a Club they are committed to ensuring they respond to local needs whilst working strategically in line with regional and national agendas. They recognise that sport can play a prominent role in addressing major issues such as obesity, anti-social behaviour, health, employment and attainment.

Through key partnerships and a robust multi-agency approach, they ensure their aims and objectives are achieved. Their partnerships enable them to engage with underrepresented and hard to reach groups.

Their Educational projects have produced some amazing results and through working closely with local schools they are able to offer a variety of projects. They continue to inspire individuals and offer education pathways to enable learners to progress into University.

Contact: Mark Whalley –
Oswaldtwistle Mills Business and Conference Centre, Clifton Mill, Pickup Street, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire BB5 0EY
01254 304071

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Carlisle United Community Trust

Carlisle Community Trust work with over 20,000 kids, young adults and adults through their wide range of daily initiatives. They aim to ‘inspire all participants to achieve their goals by delivering high quality innovative programmes through the power of Football and Sport’. They achieve this via 4 key themes: Sport, Education, Inclusion and Health.

They have recently been recognised for their work by winning the ‘Social Enterprise’ and ‘Community Involvement’ awards at the Cumbria Business Awards. In addition, they have won the ‘Sport City Award’ at the Carlisle Living Awards.

Their main initiatives are: Premier league Primary Stars, National Citizen Service (NCS), Mental Health Football, Walking Football, and Premier League Girls Programme.

In addition, they have a strong education pathway with many of the Futsal learners progressing on to the Community Coaching & Development Degree (in partnership with the University of South Wales). They have been successfully running the Futsal Study Programme for 5 years and have a 100% pass rate. They also excel on the pitch and have won five league titles and two national competitions.

Contact: Mark Banks –
Brunton Park, Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LL
01228 554169

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Fleetwood Town Community Trust

Fleetwood Town Community Trust are an independent charity working in partnership with Fleetwood Town Football Club and were awarded the ‘Wyre Business Award’ in 2016 for their outstanding contribution to the local community.

The Trust aim to support and inspire individuals to become physically and emotionally healthy and build strong communities; through increased self-value and personal aspiration, within exciting and easily accessible programmes. They currently employ 32 members of staff who deliver high quality, outcome focused programmes which engage over 13,000 residents in Sport, Health and Education projects across Wyre.

This is achieved by delivering on average 120 sessions per week, some of which are in the 42 primary school they work with within Wyre and Fylde.

Current partners of the trust include: Regenda Housing, Royal British Legion, Healthier Fleetwood, Myerscough College and LFE. These partnerships are vital to the trusts developments and support their Traineeship, NCS and Football Education programmes.

The Trust offer a high quality Futsal programme whereby most learners complete an Extended Diploma and have a proven track record of learners accessing University Degrees from this.

Contact: Dave Walton –
Poolfoot Farm, Butts Road, Thornton Cleveleys FY5 4HX
01253 208442

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Mansfield Town Community Trust

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are a registered charity, committed to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion to all. Their fundamental aim is to find ways of supporting the local community by providing opportunities for physical activity, education, health and social inclusion and enjoyment.

This is done by encouraging participation in activities both in and out of schools, working across the board with age groups from 5 to 70 year olds.

Current partnerships include: EFL Trust, LFE (Futsal), Premier League (Premier League Primary Stars and Girls programmes), The PFA (Player Engagement, Notts FA (Every Player Counts) and Mansfield Town Football Club.

Mansfield’s Futsal Education programme has been successfully running for 5 years. Their programme is due to expand, offering students the opportunity to study a BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. Students are offered a variety of pathways upon completion of the course, such as: progression to University, employment opportunities and apprenticeships at Mansfield Town, USA Scholarships and support in to alternative employment.

Contact: Elizabeth Regan Elizabeth –
Mansfield Town Football in the Community, One Call Stadium, Quarry Lane, Mansfield, Notts NG18 5DA
01623 656920

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Rochdale AFC Community Trust

Rochdale AFC Community Sports Trust works in partnership with Rochdale AFC, providing all members of the local community with the opportunity to access quality sport provision, regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. They aim to increase participation in schools, improve health and wellbeing, whilst developing programmes that engage the whole of the community, using football as the driving force.

Last year the Trust engaged with 19,000 participants and their current partners include: LFE, The EFL Trust, Link4Life, Clinical Commissioning Group, Redwood SEN School, Premier League, Manchester and Lancashire FA’s, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and GM Police.

Rochdale began delivering the Futsal programme in 2015 with the aims of engaging both male and female learners. The programme provides the opportunity to combine their passion of Futsal with education, and offers excellent and unique exit routes. The programme offers excellent: tuition, support, pastoral care, player development, personal development, life skills, plus further opportunities to achieve additional awards. All learners will also compete in the EFL Trust leagues against other leading, professional futsal clubs.

Contact: Shireen Galen-Bisping –
Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DR
0844 826 1907 (Option 6)

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Southend United Community and Educational Trust

SUCET is the official charity partner of Southend United Football Club, using football as a vehicle to engage people across South East Essex. With a current social value of £7.3 million, SUCET provide quality and inclusive football and sports provision that improves health and well-being as well as Education and training whilst promoting community cohesion and shared common values.

Through key partnerships including the EFL Trust, LFE, Premier League, The PFA and Southend United they provide a multi-agency community focused approach ensuring aims and objectives are consistently achieved. They currently deliver services in over 75 different venues, engaging over 10,000 people in recent years.

SUCET offer an end to end education model. The journey can start with the Princes Trust TEAM programme which can feed into a Traineeship in sport. Learners can then progress to the BTEC programmes, followed by level 3 coaching apprenticeships or University. Throughout their studies learners will also be given the opportunity to volunteer across programmes, as well as complete an FA Level 1 coaching qualification through the Premier League Kicks Scheme.

Contact: Charlie Barlow –
Roots Hall, Victoria Avenue, Southend On Sea SS2 6NQ
01702 341351

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