Social Inclusion

Kicks

Fulham FC is proud to be one of the founders of the Kicks programme, a national football scheme aimed at engaging boys and girls in areas of need within our local community. Fulham FC’s programmes are currently delivered in Lambeth, Merton, Kingston and Hammersmith & Fulham.

The objective of the programme, aimed at young people at risk of social exclusion, uses football and other activities to engage young people aged 13-19 in diversionary activities to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities.

Kicks is a football-based scheme that has developed through local partnerships with a number of agencies. It is based around professional club coaches taking football and other activities to the young people in the community, using local facilities such as parks to reduce barriers to participation.

The scheme consists primarily of sports and youth activities delivered three nights a week throughout the year, including coaching, regular competition, educational workshops and other activities determined by the young people.

Additional opportunities aim to develop local young people by encouraging volunteering and creating routes into training, qualification and employment pathways. For example, sports coaching qualifications, training and gaining experience through voluntary roles.

Fulham FC Foundations Kicks sessions take place at the following venues:

Brixton

Monday 6pm – 8.30pm at Myatts Field MUGA

Wednesday 6pm – 8.30pm at Marcus Lipton Youth Centre

Friday 6pm – 8.30pm at Marcus Lipton Youth Centre

West Norwood

Monday 6.30pm – 9pm at Park Campus

Thursday 6.30pm – 9pm at Park Campus

Friday 6.30pm – 9pm at The Elmgreen School

Hammersmith & Fulham

Monday 6.30pm – 9pm at The Brunswick Club

Wednesday 6.30pm – 9pm at The Brunswick Club

Friday 6.30pm – 9pm at The Brunswick club

Merton

Wednesday 6.30pm – 9pm at Liberty School

Thursday 6.30pm – 9pm at Lavender Pavilion

Friday 6.30pm – 9pm at Liberty School

Kingston

Tuesday 6.30pm – 9pm at School Lane

Wednesday 6.30pm – 9pm at School Lane

Thursday 6.30pm – 9pm at School Lane

If you would like to know more about the Foundation’s programmes or our work across London & Surrey, please contact us on: 0870 442 5432 or email: Foundation_Info@fulhamfc.com.

Longmeadz

Longmeadz is a similar programme to Kicks, aimed at young people at risk of social exclusion.

It uses football and other activities to engage young people aged 13-19 in diversionary activities to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities.

Longmeadz sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at Longmead MUGA, Sefton Road, Epsom, between 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Fulham Deaf FC

Today, Fulham DFC is the largest deaf football club in Great Britain, boasting two squads for the men, as well as a ladies squad. The club is deaf led, and is run by a committee of volunteers, operating under the umbrella of the Fulham FC Foundation.

Fulham DFC train at the Fulham FC Training Ground at Motspur Park, and the Men’s squads play their home games at the Training Ground, with the Ladies playing at the Fairfield Recreation Ground, Kingston.

Fulham DFC’s success to date has been largely down to its special relationship with Fulham FC Foundation, and the generous support of the Club who allow all squads to train and play matches at the first class Fulham FC Training Ground, as well as provide them with Fulham FC training and matchday kit.

For more information on Fulham Deaf FC, please visit their website: www.fulhamdfc.com

Disability

The Fulham FC Foundation co-ordinates a comprehensive disability programme in conjunction with the Premier League and Sport England.

The disability programme has been running since 2003, supported by both the Premier League and Sport England, and is growing in strength by working alongside national and regional partners including the Down’s Syndrome Association, Kingston Council, Youth Sports Trust, Surrey Football Association and the Special Olympics. Recent developments have seen us expand our work beyond the London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, and Hammersmith & Fulham, and into Surrey.

Inclusive Tennis

Fulham FC Foundation has now launched its second Inclusive Tennis programme at the Harbour Club in Hammersmith & Fulham. The project, which is aimed at disabled young people and their families, is funded through Children In Need and partners include The Tennis Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Harbour Club. 

The aim of this project is to provide opportunities for local disabled people, aged 5-18 years, to experience tennis at a beginner’s level in a mainstream, accessible environment. Having launched in July 2011, the project has already proved a huge success, reaching maximum capacity every week.

Fulham FC Foundation’s Inclusive Tennis sessions place on Saturdays at:

11.30am-12.30pm at Surbiton Tennis Club, Kingston

3.00pm-5.00pm at the Harbour Club, Hammersmith & Fulham

For more information, or to find out about joining us, please contact Fulham FC Foundation on 0870 442 5432

Active Autism

Active Autism was established in 2008 and provides both multi-skill and football activities to young people with autism between the ages of 5-18 years. The Active Autism programme provides regular weekend activity for young people with Autism and has seen increased levels of confidence, social interaction, concentration and health in the participants since its foundation.

The project has seen the creation of the “Fulham Autistic Boys” team (FAB) who participate monthly in the Surrey Primary League, a disability specific league delivered by the Surrey FA. FAB currently runs two sides, an Under-12s team and an Under-16s side, which provide additional experiences to the young people, including teamwork, leadership and communication.

Sessions take place on Saturdays at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Kingston

9.30am-10am (5-10 yr olds)

10am-12pm (10-18 yrs olds)

Testimonials

 “I’ve been at this club since it started and I still enjoy every minute of it. Not only is it good exercise and sporting activities but it’s also a laugh with the coaches and the other kids.”

Billy Davies, 16, participant

“We have recently joined the Active Autism sessions and have found them to be a great benefit in terms of social interaction with other children and also in terms of developing listening and coordination skills. The team really encourage the children’s participation even when their focus wanders.”

A Waters, parent of participant

DSActive

Fulham FC Foundation has an excellent and long-standing partnership with the Down’s syndrome Association (DSA). One of the many outstanding initiatives run by the DSA is the DSActive project which provides children and young adults with Down’s syndrome a tailored programme to get involved in quality football provision.

Fulham FC Foundation is working in collaboration with the DSA to help develop sport for people with Down’s syndrome and currently offers a football project (Fulham Badgers) and an innovative tennis activity.

DSActive tennis sessions take place on Tuesdays at:

6pm-7pm at Roehampton National Tennis Centre

To join any of these sessions, please turn up on the day and register with the head coach.

For more information, please contact Fulham FC Foundation on 0870 442 5432

Fulham Badgers

The Fulham Badgers were established by Fulham FC Foundation in 2006 and were the first Down’s syndrome specific football coaching project in the country. Since the Badgers’ inception, the Fulham template has been utilised by the DSA to replicate similar projects in partnership with other Professional Club community schemes.

There are two sessions, one for the older participants (aged 10+) and another for the slightly younger mini-badgers (5–10). All the sessions focus on skill development in a fun, sociable environment and there is an opportunity to play against other Down’s syndrome football teams in regularly scheduled tournaments.

In 2010, the Fulham Badgers went on an exchange tour to Hong Kong - thanks largely to a huge collective fundraising effort, including parents, the DSA and the Club - helping the Badgers become the first UK based Down’s syndrome football team to travel to the Far East. In March 2011, Fulham FC Foundation hosted the first Premier League Down’s Syndrome Tournament.

2012 was a terrific year for the Badgers. Having been crowned champions of the Premier League Down’s Syndrome Football Tournament, the squad went on to take part in a tournament in Norway in August, hosting up to 1,400 participants.

You can donate to the Fulham Badgers by calling Fulham FC Foundation on 0870 442 5432.

The Fulham Badgers sessions take place at:

  • 6pm-7pm, Fridays at Coombe Boys School, New Malden
  • 4.45pm-5.45pm, Tuesdays at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford