Two prominent local organisations, with a strong track record of working to support local schools, charities and organisations, have joined forces to drive forward a community foundation programme.
The New Saints FC approached the British Ironwork Centre to enlist their support in further developing ‘The New Saints FC Foundation’ which aims to provide positive, sustainable programmes and activities to benefit all sectors of the community.
For a number of years, Oswestry based The New Saints Football Club has worked closely with primary and secondary schools in delivering traditional, football-related projects to engage youngsters in healthy activities. More recently, the club has diversified, delivering popular workshops on anti-bullying and racism and is keen to build upon this success by developing projects which have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of a wider range of community groups. To this end, they have joined forces with the British Ironwork Centre which is widely recognised for its community work, having been crowned “Community Champions” last year.
Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre said, ‘We were delighted to be approached by TNS and are excited at the prospect of working in partnership with them. We could see very quickly that we share similar values and principles, and had no hesitation in throwing our full weight behind the project. We have a great deal of experience of working closely with schools, charities and community groups and this alliance will enable us to create opportunities to make a difference to the health and wellbeing for local people of all ages and abilities.’
Ian Williams, The New Saints FC Chief Operating Officer and Foundation Trustee commented ‘The British Ironworks has an enormously active programme of helping a variety of groups and organisations in the local community. They are totally unique in their approach to running commercial enterprises and our newly created foundation saw it as an ideal opportunity to work in a collaborative way with them on a number of exciting new projects that are being planned.’