Surrey Blues is a charity that focuses on enabling young adults with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities to participate in organised coaching and fun footballing activities. They provide a safe, caring and enjoyable environment designed to maximise players’ abilities and build confidence. Despite their Surrey base they are open to all.
Since they began in 2005 the charity has achieved FA Charter Standard status and now offers a vibrant ‘football-for-all’ educational and social programme, as well as running weekend football fun festivals and a coaching programme for young adult players who may be interested in further developing their skills.
Surrey Blues have 4 teams they enter into the Surrey FA Football-For-All League and they provide training opportunities 3 times a month.
Their most recent application to us was for help to broaden the club’s activities by developing in a number of areas such as playing in more away games which provides opportunities for travel and meeting new people, First-Aid education and training, FA Safeguarding training for all volunteers and senior players, hire of an additional training pitch, social events to venues such as Wembley Stadium, Club website maintenance and ensuring all team members have up to date and appropriate kit which generates a huge amount of pride and has a positive impact on team moral.
Caroline Kendall, Operations Director said:
“Edward Gostling Foundation is delighted to support such a dedicated charity. Our grant contributes towards their core costs for the next five years and will enable people of all ages to enjoy playing and being part of a team. Both Edward Gostling Foundation and Surrey Blues have a vision that any person living with a disability and their loved ones will have access to the best possible chances in life”
Ken Whelton, Chair said:
"The funding from The Edward Gosling Foundation has enabled us to expand our existing work as a charity and undertake new activities. This will be of great benefit to our players, their families, carers and the greater community. Sport is vital for young adults: to keep fit, develop as individuals, learn to work together as a team and participate in social activities. Many of our players would not otherwise have the opportunity to develop these skills and the funding has opened new doors for Surrey Blues and all of our players".