Walsall FC Foundation was formed in 1989 as the registered charity of Walsall Football Club. The scheme was founded by former goalkeeper and club legend Mick Kearns, in line with Walsall FC’s move to the Bescot Stadium from previous ground Fellows Park. From the outset, WFC Foundation had a clear vision which remains to this day:
From humble beginnings and just two full-time members of staff, WFC Foundation has grown to include 17 full-time staff, from managers and officers, to first and second-year apprentices as part our nationally recognised apprenticeship scheme. This is complimented by a bank of casual coaches helping to deliver sport and engagement provision.
We aim to make our vision a reality by delivering sessions and projects under WFC Foundation’s four key themes of Education, Sports Participation, Engagement and Health:
Education – We work together to make a positive impact on individuals and the wider communities to enable people to achieve their goals and progression in life working in partnership with local educational establishments.
Sports Participation – We aim to inspire and raise aspirations of local people to engage in sporting activities centered on football as the core sport. This will be all encompassing participation and, if needed, focus on specific individuals or groups.
Engagement – We deliver a wide range of innovative, quality programmes that engage people through football and sport. Through this we can support all groups and individuals in Walsall.
Health – We will enable introductions to healthy lifestyles, continued participation in healthy activities and supporting residents to create a more active and healthier way of life.
Walsall FC Foundation deliver professional, quality, safe, affordable and varied services to all users. We respect and listen to the views of children, young people, adults and our partners, as well as investing in and supporting our staff to enable development and progression.
We aim to provide excellent communication and customer care, and opportunities that empower and engage all users. WFC Foundation will also maintain Walsall FC’s tradition and standing as an excellent “Community” football club.
As well as being the club’s registered charity, Walsall FC Foundation are also part of the EFL Trust network. The EFL Trust is the charitable arm of the English Football League, and oversees the remarkable and diverse work of all 72 EFL Club Community Organisations.
The network engages over 1 million participants in community project every year, and we are proud to be a part of it.