SCF News March 2021
A New Ambassador
Invictus Games champion
Online Charity Auction
SCF 2021 Skydive
Cambridge Half Marathon
London to Paris Cycle Challenge
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this lockdown and we hope that the easing of restrictions allows a new normal very soon.
Thank you for your continued support, we very much appreciate it and there has never been a time that the children and young people that we work with have needed our support more. COVID has had a detrimental effect on those that were already vulnerable in our communities.
Sports Connections Foundation is based in Peterborough and was formed 10 years ago by Junior McDougald, ex professional footballer. Our aim is to use the power of sport to inspire, empower, educate and transform the lives of children and young people.
We are proud to have engaged with over 550,000 children and young people through four established programmes.
Sporting Wishes - Making dreams come true for children facing life-limiting illnesses.
Inspire Through Inclusion - Developing positive futures for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.
Inspire Through Sport International - Guiding children away from a life of poverty.
ProKick Schools Challenge - Raising aspirations, building resilience and educating children about Global Citizenship.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, we have been delivering limited support via our programmes to children and young people, however with the welcomed news of the uplifting of restrictions over the forthcoming months we are very keen to start our programmes as soon as we are able to.
We have also been adapting our Sporting Wishes programme to allow us to provide virtual wishes and we are hoping that we will be delivering some in the very near future.
Welcoming our New Ambassador
We have appointed a new ambassador - Invictus Games Champion Kimberley Sterling. Kimberley, who won four gold medals at the event in 2014, is an army medic who went through extensive rehabilitation - including learning to walk again - after being injured on duty. As an ambassador, Kimberley will be speaking to children and young people about how sport can inspire and break down barriers.
Virtual School Mentoring Sessions at School
Gwion Edwards, winger for Ipswich Town, joined a Year 5 class this week, answering lots of questions and talking to the children about working hard and showing resilience during these challenging times. As well as exploring other school values including respect, kindness and aspirations.
2021 Charity Events Online Charity Auction
Keep an eye out via our social media channels for the launch of our Online Auction. We have some fantastic prizes including personal messages from Peter Shilton and Alex Samuels, Clare Baldings new book Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going and an Arsenal Limited Edition Colour Print of the Back Four.
Superhero Event April 28th 2021
We are in the process of organising a fantastic family Superhero event in conjunction with National Superhero Day. Please keep an eye out on our social media and website for more information.
SCF 2021 Skydive
We have 30 places currently reserved at Sibson Airfield, Peterborough on Sunday 23rd May 2021. If you are unable to attend Peterborough please contact us about other airfields or contact https://ukparachuting.co.uk/ directly. Date could be subject to change in light of COVID restrictions.
Cambridge Half Marathon
Join us on Sunday 17th October 2021 for the 9th Cambridge Half Marathon. Run through the historic University City and take in some of the best sites from across the City of Cambridge including the Round Church, King’s College and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
London to Paris
Be part of the next London to Paris Cycle event, one of the most amazing cycle challenges. Taking you through an iconic English and French route, this challenge is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. Places are limited and the event will run 17-19 September 2021.
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities available and being a small charity, our team of volunteers are invaluable, providing support and expertise to enable us to deliver our programmes and allow the smooth running of the charity. Applicants must be UK residents and over 18 years old. Our current roles can be found at: www.scfchildrenscharity.org.uk/volunteering
Ways to Support Us
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy exactly the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on amazon.co.uk. The difference is that when you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Sports Connections Foundation.
How to sign up:
1. Visit smile.amazon.co.uk
2. Search for Sports Connections Foundation
3. Select us and start shopping.
Do you live near a Waitrose store? If so, perhaps you could complete a Community Matters application form, available from Customer Services and nominate us. Each month each store donates between £500 and £1000 to local good causes, divided between three charities. Contact Karen for more information and help completing the form.
Recycle for us
We partner with Recycle for Good and we are able to raise money and help the environment by collecting stamps, foreign and old coins, printer cartridges, jewellery and watches, games, consoles and tablets, old camera equipment and mobile phones. Contact Karen for more details on these initiatives.
Sports Connections Foundation receives no government funding and we rely entirely on donations from people like you to keep our services running. When you set up a regular donation to Sports Connections Foundation you become part of our long-term work to use the power of sport to inspire, empower, educate and transform the lives of children and young people. You can find out more at:
How your Money can help!
£10 Could help towards the cost of our Orphanage and Nursery
in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
£25 Could help with mentoring to develop a positive future
for a disadvantaged child or young person.
£50 Could help to fund a Sporting Wish for a child facing
a life-threatening illness.
You can also sign up for our newsletter right here on our website. If you would like any additional help with fundraising or have any questions about our events please contact us. We can provide you with all of the materials and advice needed. We look forward to sharing your fundraising activities in our future newsletters.
For more details please contact Karen at:
or contact us on: 01733 390337
Registered Charity Number 1133694 / Company Registration No. 07027448 (England and Wales)