Making A Difference
The overall aim of the registered charity, based at HTAFC is simple – to help improve the quality of life for children and young people across Huddersfield and the West Yorkshire area.
The brainchild of Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle, the Foundation was officially launched in July 2012 after the football club enjoyed huge success in previous initiatives designed to benefit youngsters across the community. Dean, backed by local businesses and individuals alike, had already taken a cumulative total of almost 2,000 local children to the Club’s two Play-Off Final games at Manchester’s Old Trafford in May 2011 and the iconic Wembley Stadium in May 2012 to watch Huddersfield Town in action on the big stage. Without the financial backing raised through carefully planned initiatives such as a bike ride from Huddersfield to Wembley in the week leading up to the 2012 game, those children would not have that treasured memory.
How The Town Foundation is “Making a difference”
The first Foundation Project “Early Kick-Off Breakfast Clubs” has been an outstanding success, since the first club was launched at Christchurch Academy School in October 2012.
The “Early Kick-Off” Breakfast Club evolved to provide a complimentary healthy breakfast to supplement the wellbeing of children, many of whom it was identified, were sadly attending school daily without a breakfast to kick-start their day. Serving up food such as fruits, grains, dairy products and other protein-rich foods, the clubs have already made a significant impact across many schools in the area.
Another innovative project that the charity is incredibly proud of is The Huddersfield Town Foundation Reading Diary, which launched in November 2012. After learning that a National Trust literacy study revealed that children are reading less now than ever, as their lives become crowded with other activities, the charity decided to take action. The complimentary diaries allow pupils and parents to read together and track their progress, whilst including important messages communicated through football.
The charity has numerous initiatives in the pipeline to ensure that it continues to develop and impact upon thousands of children and families. With a dedicated and driven Board of Trustees and Patrons including Olympic Hero – Ed Clancy and Yorkshire CC Captain Andy Gale, The Town Foundation has a very clear vision and goal: to continue to do the “right thing” and mirror the outstanding work of the Football Club which prides itself as being “The Family Club”
The charity has received great support from many businesses and organisations, offering not only financial generosity but goodwill in the form of expertise and time. Sustainability, however is key, and the charity is looking to build long-term relationships with like-minded individuals and organisations and the Huddersfield Town Foundation Fundraising Manager, Julie Sheffield welcomes any enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01484 468205.