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8.1 Partnership with CARITAS Salford
When FC United of Manchester did not get their funding renewed for delivering a befriending project for older people in Miles Platting and Newton Heath, we looked around to see who we could form a partnership with so that we could continue to support the volunteers we had recruited who were visiting older people once a week.
We were put in touch with CARITAS Salford who had been running a befriending project called the St Joseph’s Welfare Project in North Manchester for many years.
After a few meetings with CARITAS Salford we arrived at an agreement whereby;
- Our volunteers transferred over to the CARITAS project so they could continue to get support and the visits they delivered were included among the outputs for the St Joseph’s project
- Our administrator was seconded to support the St Joseph’s office with administration and IT two days a week.
- We recruited further volunteers for the project and delivered an accredited training course and induction for these volunteers.
Our Community & Education Manager, said, 'Losing our funding was a disappointment but it forced us to look for a potential partner and then have a realistic appraisal of what we could contribute to that partnership.
The St. Joseph’s project had a far longer track record of visiting older people in North Manchester than we did but by focusing on our strengths of recruiting and training volunteers and providing IT support we were able to support the overall work of the project and make an important contribution to the community of North Manchester.'
8.4 Community Events in North Manchester
In recent years, FC United has been invited to take part to events run by the community for the community especially in North Manchester. It is our policy to support community events in North Manchester where we can. Examples of events we have supported are the Crumpsall Park Festival, NEPHRA Community Festival, Lightbowne Park Community Day, Phillips Park Festival in the Park, ADACTUS Miles Platting Community Event and the Troydale Estate Community Event.
During these events, which are organised by community groups, residents associations and housing associations, FC United participates by sending two community coaches and bringing the necessary equipment, completely free of charge to deliver football coaching sessions and other fun events that all sorts of people can get involved in.
We believe that through our participation we can build long-lasting and stable relationships with the local communities. It is also an opportunity for us to let the young people’s parents know about who we are, our ethos, along other community events that we attend or that we host.
FC United has delivered coaching sessions up to 80 young people during the course of a single event, with ages ranging from 5 to 18+. The community events in North Manchester are also a good showcase for potential football talent and where we can we signpost people to local junior football teams and our own community football teams.
8.6 Partnership with the Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club
FC United is all too familiar with the impact sport can have on a person’s life. So when we were asked to get involved with an educational scheme at the Collyhurst and Moston boxing club we were more than happy to lend a hand.
18 months later and our partnership has flourished. The scheme, run by FC United’s Adam Jones and a string of ex professional boxers ranging from World to European and National champions helps participants to;
- Improve their physical fitness, develop their self-confidence and self-awareness and they will also learn basic boxing skills
- Develop coaching skills
- Develop targets and goals related to employment prospects
- Upon completion Participants receive An Open Awards Level 1 and 2 Award in Progression called Personal Development though Boxing.
Founded on the hard work of MBE Brian Hughes, who spent his years as a coach dragging kids off the street and putting them in the gym, the Collyhurst club has long been a pillar of the boxing community in Manchester.
Andy Walsh, General manager of FC United said “We are really pleased to be working with Moston and Collyhurst Boxing gym. The gym has produced some outstanding athletes and the coaches do some fantastic work in the city and with young people in particular. We are proud to be associated with this legendary Manchester institution.”
“In forging links and developing the education courses the gym and FC United have shown what can be achieved by organisations working together.”
Our Community & Education Manager said “Boxing and Football are very different sports and in some ways they attract very different people.”
“What I have come to admire about boxing through our relationship with Tommy McDonagh and Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club is the strong focus on personal dedication to improvement and fitness.”
“Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club helps people get fit, believe in themselves and achieve their goals and that is something that FC United and all our members find it very easy to relate to.”
8.7 Boggart Hole Clough Café
FC United's community team currently operates the Lakeside café in Boggart Hole Clough through the winter of 2013-14 after the café closed when the former operator retired from the post.
Risked with complete shutdown, FC United agreed to manage the operation, in partnership with the Manchester College, providing a training opportunity for unemployed people to gain skills in catering and customer service.
The café was kept open partly with paid staff and partly with volunteers between 10am and 4pm every week day. FC United operates the café as an interim measure - with support from the city council - until a permanent tenant can be found in 2014. This means that individuals and groups who make regular use of the café will be able to continue to do so and the cafe can be handed over to a new commercial operator without having totally lost its customer base.
Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure, said: “We made a commitment to make sure a café in Boggart Hole Clough was available for park users and although the economic backdrop has proved challenging for café businesses, we remain committed to this promise”.
“Despite serious financial difficulties affecting all of leisure services – and indeed the entire city council – we are really pleased to have secured a local partner in FC United to run the café until a permanent operator can be found, and the training link with Manchester College makes the partnership particularly positive.”
FC United's Community and Education Manager said, “When we set up our own football club we didn’t expect to be asked to run a cafe in a park but when the Council contacted us to see if we could help I immediately thought of Swampy who is always willing to give something a go. The fact is that our club is made up of a lot of people who want to give something to their community and are getting more and more confident that we will find a way to make something work. I'm really proud of the fact that we have been able to step in at short notice and keep a community asset going. Swampy, Chris Taylor and the other FC United members who have helped out deserve our applause for the aplomb with which they have gone about this task. Volunteers who have helped with the financial side of things back in the office, also need to be given credit.”
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