England may not have brought home the World Cup this year, but a few causes close to the heart of FPS can still be considered winners with the FPS Football Lottery.
Back in June, we secured some premium quality Mitre brand footballs and decided they should serve a worthy purpose. So we enlisted the national FPS network to nominate deserving causes to be entered into a prize draw.
The team was flooded with suggestions from local schools to grassroots football clubs. The level of support our colleagues offer their local teams was heartwarming. Some run tuckshops to pay for training kits, while others have taken over training duties to ensure the kids get consistent practice sessions. We would have loved to send footballs to all nominees whether they play for fun or with the goal of making it to the World Cup, however, the lottery ensured the limited number of footballs were distributed to the community fairly.
The lucky winners were:
Fountains CE Primary School
Nominated by Philip Firth, Leeds
Fountains CE Primary School is a small rural school which does a fantastic job of serving several villages. Hopefully, the footballs will benefit their Monday evening mixed training sessions.
Doncaster Belles Juniors U9’s
nominated by Helene Hatfield, Sheffield
The Doncaster Belles are managed by Lauren Kirkham who used to work in our Sheffield telesales team, making this a valued cause to several of our staff. Lauren coached the team for 4 years before becoming manager and led them to win the league last year. Here’s hoping these footballs help lead them to victory again!
Lower Quinton Primary School
nominated by Debi Court, Stratford-upon-Avon
Debi’s grandchildren attend Lower Quinton, a village school near Stratford-upon-Avon. As the school has doubled in size since 2010, the donation will help ensure no one gets left out of PE lessons.
We’re told they were ‘thrilled as they now have “proper” footballs’.
4th Dunstable Scout Group
Nominated by Kendall Morris, Luton.
Kendall is a Cub Leader at 4th Dunstable Scout Group. Founded in 1934, the 4th Dunstable is in need of new footballs and unable to purchase them while they save for a new headquarters.
Nominated by Darren Gilley, Barking.
Thamesview FC is a grassroots club based in Medway providing football for all abilities, ages and genders. The footballs will be a great addition to their training sessions.
Thorne and Moorends Stingers
Nominated by Lee Emerson, Sheffield
Thorne and Moorends were the first club in the Doncaster League to attain the “Community Charter Standard Status”, the highest accolade the FA can award to a junior football club. Lee’s two sons play for the club while he manages the under 11s team who were desperate for new footballs for the upcoming season.
Congratulations to the winners of the FPS Football Lottery! Hopefully, our contribution goes some way to keeping these clubs running – and training up the next Harry Kane to help bring it home in the future!