SALFORD CITY owners The Class of ’92 were proud to launch Foundation 92 at last week’s end of season dinner.
Foundation 92 is an independent charity that will focus on supporting people to improve their lives through sport, with an emphasis on positive physical and mental wellbeing, and supporting people with a disability, people who are experiencing homelessness, or young people who have, or may be at risk of, committing offences.
Speaking at the dinner, which raised a fantastic amount of money for the Foundation, Salford co-owner and Foundation 92 trustee Ryan Giggs said:
“It’s something Gary, Phil, Paul, Nicky and I have been working on for some time and helps to realise our ambition, to give something back to the community, through a sport that served us so well.”
Chair of Foundation 92, Yvonne Harrison, added:
“Tonight the past 12 months of work comes to life! We have a unique opportunity with the help of Salford City FC, our Sponsor 1st CENTRAL, and both Karen and Ryan joining the Board, to create something very special and I’m delighted to be part of that.”
The Foundation has been proudly sponsored by 1ST CENTRAL. The motor insurance company’s two-year sponsorship deal will help to accelerate the work of the Foundation, and will also see employees from 1ST CENTRAL’s Salford office supporting a number of local projects.
UK CEO for 1st CENTRAL, Andy James, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Foundation 92; supporting Salford City FC in harnessing the power of football to make a difference within the local community. Having recently expanded our offices to Salford, we are honoured to be able to lend our support in helping everyone to get on with what matters through Salford City FC’s ambition of helping communities in Greater Manchester lead more active, healthier and happier lives by tackling pressing issues such as disability, mental health and homelessness.
“Together, we are looking forward to making Salford City FC Foundation 92 a resounding success, providing improved opportunities for people to reach their full potential whilst cultivating and fostering the talent of tomorrow.”
WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY
The club has already started supporting the Foundation’s work with players from the First Team and Academy going into schools and supporting community events.
Foundation 92 co-ordinator Andrew Gordon says there is more to come though that will continue to benefit the local community, and there are exciting things to come:
“As well as becoming professional on the pitch the club is looking to replicate this professionalism and hard work off the pitch, especially for the benefit of the local community and beyond.
“We are already about to launch a non-competitive women’s running club from The Peninsula Stadium as well as being in discussions to run a homeless football league, a rehabilitation programme at Forest Bank and PAN Disability Football Sessions.
“This is just a taste of what is to come and we cannot wait to get started!”
Salford City Chairman, Karen Baird, speaking of the launch said: “With Salford City FC being in the heart of the community we are in a great place to offer our players, staff and facilities to help deliver the Charity’s work.
“The work of the Foundation has been shaped by an extensive piece of work to develop a good understanding of existing provision, whilst consulting with the local community to see how the Foundation could best support them.”