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Brian Lee MBE – Chairman

Brian has been involved in professional and community sport for over 38 years. He was an FA Staff Coach and Manager of the England Semi-Professional team and the Director of Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre for over 20 years. He managed Wycombe Wanderers in the 1970s when they were in the Isthmian League. He then became their Chairman and designed and project managed the building of their new stadium ay Adams Park.

He has always been involved in community sports delivery and has been involved in the Football Conference since 1991. He became Chairman in 2007 until 2015 when he stood down and Brian Barwick took on this role.  He was subsequently made President of the renamed National League.

He served as a Magistrate and Lay Member of Mental Health Tribunals for over 35 years, and was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2016 for services to sport.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester
Born in Manchester, Richard has been involved in politics for most of his life, serving as a Labour Party branch secretary at 15. After graduating from Oxford he worked at the Labour Party HQ from 1967, and became a parliamentary candidate at the age of 23. He fought several elections but was not successful and in 1974 started a career in industrial journalism, becoming editor of Steel News.

He then set up his own public relations and communications consultancy, and was one of the first people to get involved in the world of public affairs and parliamentary relations. His connection with football started in 1978 when he was appointed a trustee of the Football Trust, and later became its secretary and then its deputy chairman. The Trust’s role in helping clubs comply with safety legislation and tackle the problems of crowd disorder was greatly expanded after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

He also served as the vice -chairman of the government’s Football Task Force in 1998/99 and in Parliament is vice-chairman of the All-Party Football Group.

He was created a Labour peer in 1997.  He is currently Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees at the House, among other roles.

Dennis Leman

Dennis was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is a former professional footballer with 14 years in the game. He played for Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wrexham AFC and Scunthorpe United during the 1970s and 80s.

Following his retirement from playing, he spent a short period gaining recreation and leisure qualifications before embarking in 1986 on the introduction of a pilot scheme under the name of ‘Football in the Community’. This programme, with 6 professional football clubs, was the starting point for all of the community programmes that exist today.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Administrator and supported the development of the programme until all 92 clubs were embraced within the scheme. During this period, he undertook numerous education courses including an adult teaching certificate and BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy.

He is currently the PFA’s Community Liaison Executive for the North of England with a remit to develop player involvement in community initiatives across the corporate social responsibility agenda in sports participation, education, health, social inclusion and equality.

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Jack Pearce
Jack has been associated with Bognor Regis Football Club for over 45 years, as player and manager and now Chairman. He has been an FA Councillor since 2001 and is the Chairman of their Alliance Committee, focusing on governance matters in the top levels of the National League System.  In 2015 he was appointed to the Board of the FA.

Our Funding

Funds are available for a wide range of projects: work with disadvantaged and minority groups, new football activity such as women and girls teams, keep fit or activity classes, work health-related areas such as obesity or anti-smoking initiatives, support for youth groups or the elderly.

For some ideas of successful projects please look at our case studies

Applications can be made by the main club or an associated body, such as a community charitable trust or the club’s youth section.  To be eligible the main club must be a member of the National League during the season of application.  Club representatives must also have attended one of the Trust’s funding workshops or received pre-application advice.

There are two grant ceilings:

• Clubs in the National division can receive up to a maximum of £25,000 as 65% support

• Those in the North and South up to £20,000 as 75% support

Clubs can either apply once a year or ask for all of the ceiling towards one project or programme, or a number of times during the season (as long as the total of all grants is within the grant ceiling). 

The smallest amount a club can apply for in a single application is £2,000.

Applicants need to show where the rest of the money is going to come from, but it does not have to be in place at the time of application. Matching funds may come from any source:  sponsorship, other grant aid, income, and club reserves.

There are four funding rounds during each year. The deadlines for 2016/17 season are:

23 September – for projects staring from November onwards

16 December – for projects starting from March onwards

24 March 2017 – for projects starting from May onwards

These deadlines are designed so that applications can be made in time to run projects at key points in the year, such as school holidays or for the start of a season.  All applications are considered by the Trustees.  We aim to take decisions on applications and let applicants know the outcome within six weeks of each deadline.

Applications can be for a new project, or an existing one where our funds will enhance or increase activity already taking place.  The project can last for a short time or for a whole year.  However, the application must be approved before the project starts. 

An organisation that has previously been offered grant aid from the Trust and the project has been successfully completed is able to apply for grant aid for two years to support a programme.

Here are some examples of what our grant can cover:

•  Sessional workers (such as qualified coaches, teachers, support workers)
•  Equipment –either hire or purchase
•  IT equipment (not to be used for Club administration)
•  Other materials for use in your project
•  Publicity materials - such as leaflets, posters and websites
•  Training and qualification costs – such as coach or referee qualifications
•  DBS costs
•  Transport costs – subject to certain criteria
•  Venue and pitch hire
•  Volunteer expenses
•  VAT that you cannot recover.

And we won’t fund:

•  New activities that start before we confirm our grant (unless you have been given permission to start)
•  Costs incurred in submitting your application – such as a consultant’s fees
•  Day-to-day running costs (for example, utility bills, council tax, rent and insurance)
•  Contingency costs
•  Match tickets for the Club’s games
•  Fundraising activities for your Club or other organisations
•  Items that mainly benefit individuals (for example, equipment that is not shared)
•  Land, building, refurbishment, pitch or property projects
•  Loans or interest payments
•  Ongoing staff costs (including salaries of permanent staff)
•  Political or religious activities
•  Projects that you cannot maintain because of high ongoing costs or the need for specialist skills
•  Purchase of alcohol
•  Routine repairs and maintenance
•  Any costs associated with vehicles other than transport hire
•  VAT that you can recover.

Funding is not available to go towards:

•  The full-time salaries of existing club staff
•  Club running costs
•  Existing elite youth development programmes

Funding Partners
Premier League – Creating Chances

Creating Chances is the work that the Premier League delivers at the heart of its communities in which the clubs operate. Through the power of football we empower our clubs to create opportunities that bring people together and change lives for the better.


Over the last three years Creating Chances has invested £111.6m into the heart of local communities, benefitting 14m people.

Every £1 invested by the Premier League has seen £3 of matched funding.

Last season a new charitable organisation was created – the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) – to act as a governance vehicle to administer £10m each year into central and club community activities.

What areas does creating chances cover?

Our work is tightly defined across five key areas and initiatives with the Premier League running a central initiative under each theme:


• Community Cohesion – Kicks, Premier League Into Work, The Prince’s Trust

• Education – Premier League Enterprise Academy, Premier League Reading Stars

• Health – Premier League Health, Imagine Your Goals

• Sports Participation – Premier League 4 Sport, Premier League Schools Tournament

• International – Premier Skills, Magic Bus, Sport Relief

Who does the Premier League work with to deliver creating chances?

• The Premier League and its clubs partner with a range local and national bodies and Government departments.

• Government departments include the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Education.

• Other major organisations we partner with are The Football Pools, the volunteering charity v, the Metropolitan Police, Sport Relief, the Prince’s Trust, the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, the British Council, the Down’s Syndrome Association and the National Literacy Trust.


The Premier League also supports the football family, providing over £30m funding to the Football Foundation, the Football League, the Football Conference and the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Professional Footballers' Associtation

The PFA are committed to raising the profile and awareness of the extensive work and participation of players in support of Community and Charitable activities. PFA Community involvement extends across many areas such as: Health, Education, Social Inclusion, and Equalities, underlining our commitment to make a positive difference in society.

As a department we continue to be proactive, continue to raise standards of support to players, and encourage greater support from football clubs to adapt their philosophy toward corporate social responsibility.

Key objectives of the PFA community department:

To facilitate and implement a co-ordinated and structured approach to increased player support for community initiatives thus raising the profile of the PFA and its continued commitment to Community work.

To provide representation for the PFA on National Committees and Working Parties, such as the premier League/PFA Community Fund, Football League Trust, Football Foundation, The Princes Trust, The National Literacy Trust, Kick it Out, etc, to re-enforce the PFA’s unique commitment through it’s members to Community/Charitable initiatives.

To collate and present a statistical analysis for the PFA in support of all Community player involvement linked to a number of designated themes: – Health, Education, Social Inclusion, Anti-racism, Disabilities, Girls/Women, and Schools, with Safeguarding Children a strand running through all activities.

To evaluate player involvement in those organisations where the PFA have pledged significant financial support i.e. The Princes Trust, The National Literacy Trust, Kick it Out, Show Racism the Red Card, etc.

To maintain a strong PFA presence out at the Football Clubs through regular visits and meetings with Chief Executives, PFA Delegates, Press Officers and Community Officers.

To raise the profile of player involvement at Clubs through its own PFA publication ‘Profile’ and Website contributions.

To engage with other National Governing bodies and specialist agencies to promote the benefit of sport, exercise, and healthy lifestyles.