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FITC land £50k

7 April 2017

Notts County FC Football in the Community have won £50K through ITV's the People's Project.

FITC went head to head in a two-week vote with four other projects from the Midlands and emerged victorious to bring the funding to Nottinghamshire.

The money will be used to help FITC deliver an early-intervention primary school project named Primary Goals 2 (PG2).

PG2 sessions will be delivered from September, assisting pupils who are struggling socially and emotionally with low confidence or displaying poor, disruptive or withdrawn behaviour.

The aim of the project is to identify concerns early in order to help break the cycle of negative behaviours.

PG2 uses multi-sports activities and interactive workshops to combat these issues and has already been a success through a one-year pilot, which helped children improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

FITC's victory ensures the unique project will be available to more schools for another year.

The success of the campaign came as a result of a tremendous amount of work from a number of people. Iconic ex-Notts County captain and Scotland player Don Masson backed the campaign with a personal letter and there were special guest appearances from current players Alan Smith and Jonathan Forte.

Notts County mascots Mr and Mrs Magpie were also involved in the action, starring in the social media campaign.

FITC's education manager Dave Crooks is thrilled with the vote’s outcome and wants to thank everyone who supported the campaign.

He said: “This magnificent accomplishment is the result of thousands of people from across Nottinghamshire, and in some cases beyond, believing in and voting for PG2.

"The money we receive will go towards improving delivery of this powerful project to more schools and children within Nottinghamshire. We believe that by working together with school staff we can improve achievements, attitudes, attendances and positive behaviours while reducing social isolation.

"FITC would like to thank everyone who got involved with our campaign and provided us with their fantastic support.”

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