Inviting Swans Foundation to Nottingham for fixture-within-a-fixture
Prior to Nottingham Forest FC’s last home game of the season against Swansea City AFC, Nottingham Forest Community Trust hosted our first ever fixture-within-a-fixture. The event saw participants from Premier League programmes Targeted, Changemakers, Kicks and PL Primary Stars attend from both Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Swans Foundation.
The players involved had the opportunity to represent their respective club in a series of games across different age groups. The fixtures took place at the Trusts community football facility – The Forest Sports Zone and welcomed a total of 42 boys and girls with 21 players from Southwest Wales making the trip up to Nottingham along with their coaches and staff from the Swans Foundation.
This was the first time the Trust had worked closely with another Foundation to organise a big day out for the participants who also received tickets to see Forest take on the Swans in their final SkyBet Championship fixture of the season at the City Ground.
Speaking about the partnership, Richard Harris, Swans Foundation PL Kicks Coordinator said, “It was fantastic to see the young people from both Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Swans Foundation playing football with smiles on their faces and being provided with valuable and positive opportunities”.
Also in attendance was Notts Police who carried out knife-crime workshops in between events and gave the participants a chance to ask questions about knife-crime and understand the true impact it can have on children and young people.
Speaking to NFCT, PC Brown of Nottinghamshire Police said, “Firstly can I thank Nottingham Forest Community Trust for giving the children from the Sutton PL Kicks sessions the opportunity to represent the club in the game against Swansea City. The children absolutely loved the event and going to see the first team play really did top it off for them.
PC Brown continued, “Secondly, on behalf of Nottinghamshire Police can I thank NFCT coaches Tom and Dante for arranging the day. The partnership we share on a Monday night is fantastic and because of this we are growing week by week. Keep up the great work.”
Following on from the sessions at The Forest Sports Zone, the participants made their way across the city toward The City Ground where they took their seats to watch an impressive, promotion chasing Nottingham Forest beast Swansea 5-1.
For our new friends from Swansea, we hope the drive home wasn’t too disappointing!
Speaking after the event, Alan Butters, Enrichment Coordinator at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy said, “The girls from Bluecoat Beechdale Academy were honoured to be representing Nottingham Forest. This was the first time that most of the girls had taken part in a competitive game of football, they worked extremely hard in training sessions. The game created a buzz around school and has led to an increased number of girls turning up to football sessions after school. These types of opportunities are fantastic for our students and help raise the profile of sport.
Nottingham Forest Community Trust would like to thank all those involved in a fantastic day!