After a busy summer of comings and goings, football’s transfer window slammed shut. But Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation are still on the hunt for the perfect signing – and your business could be it…
He is revered on Teesside for his unstinting financial support of Middlesbrough Football Club. Less heralded but equally deserving of praise is Chairman Steve Gibson’s decision to set up MFC Foundation, the club’s independent charity arm.
Though it uses the official Boro brand to engage with various members of the community, MFC Foundation exists as an entirely separate entity from the football club – meaning that it relies on support from businesses like yours to continue making a difference across the Tees Valley.
Based at the Willie Maddren Centre in the East Stand of the Riverside Stadium, the charity began life in 1996 as Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community. It was relaunched as MFC Foundation in 2013, and in April this year received a Mayor’s Award in recognition of the service it provides to the local community.
Alongside Steve Gibson, patrons of the charity include BBC presenters Alastair Brownlee and Steph McGovern, as well as Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling, while former Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon has recently been recruited to the Board of Trustees as the Foundation continues to expand.
Operating within four key themes – education, health, social inclusion and sport participation – MFC Foundation provides a whole host of programmes and initiatives designed to engage the most disadvantaged Teesside communities.
A highly successful 2014/15 academic year saw the Foundation deliver more than 500 qualifications to young people outside traditional education, involve more than 1,000 people in their health programmes, and host dedicated football leagues for those who are homeless, have disabilities or experience mental health problems.
The Foundation helped reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in seven of the toughest wards of Middlesbrough, increased the level of sport participation in local schools, and engaged 10,000 people at the Herlingshaw Centre in South Bank, a first-class sporting facility which now boasts a newly-refurbished outdoor 3G pitch.
This is just a glimpse into a year which saw MFC Foundation make a positive difference to the lives of more than 30,000 Teesside people. With the help of your business it could be even more.
Ann-Marie Anderson, MFC Foundation’s newly-hired Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager, says: “Everyone at MFC Foundation is incredibly proud of what we have achieved throughout Teesside communities, and we’re always pushing to go that extra mile and improve year-on-year.
“But the results we achieve are only possible thanks to the generous support we receive from the commercial sector.
“That’s why we’re reaching out once again to businesses across the Tees Valley – so we can continue making a difference and raising aspirations together.”
The benefits for MFC Foundation’s corporate partners, which currently include the likes of Cornerstone Business Solutions, Tees Valley Community Foundation and Tesco Distribution Centre, are reciprocal. As well as the chance to give something back to the community, partners benefit from unique opportunities for positive publicity and an exclusive rewards package centred on the Middlesbrough Football Club brand.
Plus, working with the Foundation will improve your CSR profile towards both staff and customers.
With the charity’s 20th birthday rapidly approaching, there has never been a better time to sign up and support MFC Foundation – and make a real difference to Teesside communities.
Find out more about working with MFC Foundation by calling 01642 757676 or e-mailing email@example.com