Football in the Community is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year and the celebrations start with a ‘Community Day’ on Saturday as the club welcome Yeovil Town...
Over the next six months FITC will be hosting various events celebrating the milestone and it will end with a Celebration Ball that will showcase and highlight all the good work that they produce everyday.
This Saturday a number of high profile guests have been invited to start the celebrations, as have over 3,500 thousand children and adults from schools, junior football clubs and community groups free of charge.
Community Director Steve Hill told the Official Site: “We work with a lot of partners in the city and deliver the types of projects that people from Nottingham need.
“For 25-years we have used the power and strength of football to engage with our local community and we produce thousand of hours of activity.
“I’m immensely proud to reach this landmark. To have a continued relationship within the wider community is fantastic.
“The commitment by the football club is growing all the time and we have a lot of responsibility to sustain a high level of activities for people that need it.
“It’s been 25-years of steady growth. There have peaks and troughs and there have been times where we had to consolidate.
“Over the last five years or so we have grown significantly with the move to Portland Leisure Centre and the wide range of projects that we now offer including Futsal, FC Africa, Motivate, School’s Out and Working Age Dementia, plus our work help securing the title of City of Football to Nottingham.
The anniversary has also ensured a number of new ambassadors to help promote the FITC including writer Billy Ivory, actress Vicky McClure, Olympian Sam Oldham and former striker Tommy Johnson.
Chief Executive Jim Rodwell spoke to the Official Site and reiterated how important the FITC is to the club.
He said: “I’d like to congratulate Football in the Community on this milestone and the board would like to thank them for their continued work in our local area.
“There is a true value of having such a proactive community scheme at any football club and we are lucky to have such a successful one here at Meadow Lane.
“The continued hard work done by Steve Hill and the team is fantastic and they continue to make giant strides.
“It’s easy to see that their projects make life changing opportunities through sport and physical activity and to have that connected with Notts County helps promote our name significantly.”
Everyone at the football club would like to thank the FITC for their continued work and wish them all the very best for the next 25 years and beyond.