31 Dec TAKE A MONTH BY MONTH LOOK BACK AT THE TOWN FOUNDATIONâ€™S YEAR
As 2020 comes to an end, the Huddersfield Town Foundation is reflecting on what it has achieved in an extraordinary year.
The year started off normally before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, forcing all of its in-person delivery to be postponed almost overnight.
That saw all of the Foundationâ€™s services move online before a gradual return to delivery later in the year, following strict guidelines in order to protect the health of its staff and participants.
In this feature, we take a look back at one key event and/or story from each month of the year, right through to December.
Towards the start of January we hosted the Utilita Girls Cup Area Finals at one of our partner schools, Moor End Academy. The six-a-side competition for U13 girls saw teams representing 10 clubs compete for the chance to play at Wembley Stadium. Click here to find out more.
February half term saw a range of Huddersfield Town players visit our Tomorrowâ€™s Terriers camps at Leeds Road Sports Complex! The camps gave children the chance to get active and make new friends. More information can be found here.
On Friday 6 March we hosted the Big Sleep Out for the third time, raising more than Â£20,000 for local charities supporting the homeless or those at risk of homelessness! The full story is here.
With the majority of children learning at home at this point of the year, we launched a virtual social action project for local secondary schools. This gave them the chance to do something to the benefit of their local community, with prizes also up for grabs! Click here for more information.
May was a month of competitions! A number of our Premier League Kicks participants represented us nationally in the Stay At Home Cup FIFA competition, whilst 13-year-old Paris received a message from Fraizer Campbell for winning our boot design competition.
In June our Little Big Sleep Out event was nominated for Community Project of the Year at the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards! You can find out more information about the event here.
July saw the Town Foundation logo feature on Huddersfield Townâ€™s shirts Sky Bet Championship match against West Bromwich Albion. The shirts were subsequently auctioned off to raise funds for our work.
In-person delivery made a return in August, with the Foundation delivering three multi-sport camps at Leeds Road Sports Complex. They gave 5-11-year olds the chance to try new sports, as well as partaking in educational workshops. Click here to find out more.
September was a key month for our Education team, with our new Female Football Academy and foundation level degree programmes starting for the first time!
The Town Foundation launched yet another new project in October, having secured Â£205,000 funding from the Premier League, PFA and Kirklees Council. The Children In Care project will support care leavers in the transition to independent living.
In November we celebrated the Premier League Charitable Fundâ€™s 10 Year Anniversary, presenting awards to seven of our partners and participants. Each award winner can be found here.
Having launched our first Christmas Appeal, fundraising efforts really stepped up in December with the Santa Stroll event, Business Appeal and Match Worn Shirt Auction.
Weâ€™d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support in 2020. Everybody at the Town Foundation looks forward to continuing our work in 2021!