So January has been and gone and another exciting year for Free Kicks Foundation has begun. Here are a few of the things that we will be up to in 2011:
This weekend we have our first ‘Kick’ at West Ham United and whilst we are there we will be meeting our newest ambassador for the first time. More details on that next week! Hopefully this will give us much more coverage and presence in the Premier League (hoping that West Ham stay up). We have also booked a ‘Kick’ at Everton for later in the season, another day out that we are really looking forward to!
Sometime before the end of the season we will reach a significant landmark when we host our 100th Kick. I don’t think when we did our first one back in August 2007 we ever thought we could achieve so much in such a short space of time. However, thanks to wonderful support from our families, friends, Peterborough United and football supporters around the country (particularly at Posh and Millwall), we are increasing awareness and raising more and more money each year to carry on the work we do
We have a very busy year of events planned, both organised by ourselves and other people who have contacted us wanting to help.
On Thursday night we held a joint quiz night with Posh’s other two charities of the year, Sue Ryder and ASBAH. It was a brilliant night with a full house of people in the Executive Suite at Peterborough United. The evening raised around £1,900, which will be split between the three charities. Thanks to all who attended, Posh for their hospitality, the players for attending and Paul Stainton from BBC Peterborough Breakfast Show for hosting brilliantly.
Our main fundraiser this year will be in the last week of May when 14 of us will be walking from Barnet FC to Wembley Stadium via all other Football League grounds in London. The walk is 72 miles and will take us three days to complete, arriving at Wembley on the afternoon of the Champions League Final. We will be releasing more details about this soon and how you can sponsor us or join us for parts of the walk. Last year we raised over £5,500 from the Peterborough to Nottingham walk so it would be fantastic if we can beat that amount!
Before that Adam Wright from Stoke on Trent will be emulating an event we did ourselves two years ago. He and two of his friends are driving round all 92 League grounds in England and hoping to complete the trip in 80 hours! Adam has kindly agreed to raise money for Free Kicks as well as for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. http://adamstansfieldfoundation.com/index.html . We will be going along to meet Adam when he arrives at London Road on March 10th.
On April 17th something completely different will be taking place at the Posh ground. We were contacted by Kate Needham from Peterborough who is organising a Fire and Ice Walking event. Kate is raising money for Free Kicks as well as charities in Rwanda and Kenya. Details of what the event involves are on the website here http://www.ukfirewalk.com/index.html . Once we have the final details of this we will let you know how you can take part in this extraordinary experience.
Other events coming up are the annual 5 a side tournament on May 22nd at Powerleague in Peterborough where, once again, the teams will play for the Adam Gardiner Trophy. On June 18th we have another annual event, the Nigel Taylor Memorial cricket match between Whittlesey CC and a Free Kicks Foundation XI. We are also planning to hold a Race Night towards the end of the year which should be great fun! Also planned are events at Arthur Mellows Village College and the return of Wear Your Football Shirt to Work Day.
As always huge thanks to all our friends and family who support us with their time, talents and much appreciated donations!