The last six months have seen huge changes to the project and we now have full UK charitable status. The reasoning behind the move to a registered charity is simple, we wanted to show that the project is ethical, compliant, transparent and sustainable. We now have a chairman and board of trustees and our partners OMA Group, Yinson Production WA, Prime Insurance Ltd, Fendercare Marine Ltd & Hapag-Lloyd understand our objectives and strategy and have an input into where we allocate the annual funds.
We have had two very successful launches of the Charity, one at Ipswich Town Football Club in Jan 2018 and one in Accra, Ghana in March 2018. The schoolchildren we work with in Tema performed cultural dances and displayed the brand-new kits supplied by the UK Sponsors & Charity Partners.
We have also had amazing support from companies back in the UK. Each company and individual has supported the charity financially or by donating kit or services to support us.
Tennial Recruitment, Total Football, SEA Transport, Kieron Dyer, David Moat, Coastal Global, Maze Logistics, Seven Telematics, Hudsons Signs, EUF Ltd, Sportsafe UK, Sportsmed East, Kesgrave High School, Copleston High School, East of England Co Op, John Grose, Pro-Kit, Felixstowe Academy, Ipswich Town Academy, Inspire Suffolk Charity, Greshams Ipswich, STR Skill School.
We will be shipping a 40ft container full of donated kit & sports equipment to Ghana in the next couple of months. The kit will be used within the Futurestars Project and distributed to the Schools and children where it is needed the most. Once it has arrived in Tema the Futurestars Partners employees have volunteered to help unload the container and itemize the kit for the coaches. The container will remain in Tema for the coaches to use and it will have the partners and Futurestars branding added for promotional purposes.
In July we welcomed new partners Prime Insurance Ltd to the Futurestars Family, their support for the project is fantastic and their enthusiasm and values match ours. We look forward to working with them to continue to develop the project further.
We were also delighted to welcome Fendercare Marine on board in Togo as the main sponsor for the Lomé project. The additional funding we receive from Fendercare has allowed us to support the Cacavelli School in Lomé with regular sports and PE lessons organized by our coaches. We will also be supplying kit & equipment to the school from the UK container.
The British High Commission Football Team, led by Manager Ian Byrne have also been amazing supporters of the charity. The team support every event we organise and we held our first Futurestars 5 a side tournament at their HQ in July this year. Eight teams competed for the Futurestars Trophy and the Futurestars Team finished as winners! The whole day was enjoyed by the Partner teams and Ambassadors from all over the world. We also received a cheque from the British High Commission team for £2500 from the fundraising at the Royal Wedding Party earlier this year.
The Futurestars Charity Trustees and I are delighted with the progress we have made in the last 12 months and look forward to introducing more new partners to the charity in 2018, 2019 and beyond. If you want to see how you can get involved please get in touch using [email protected]
Simon Milton – Charity Director