A little over 12 months ago, a former player aged just 27 ended his battle with his own mental health in Ammanford. His death shook our community, as he was the life and soul of the club, and it made us at Ammanford realise how important a role we play in our community, for our community.
In September 2019 we launched the 'Jac Lewis Foundation', a mental healthy charity aimed at young adults, a suicide prevention counselling service. Since January 2020 we have spent all our income in creating an on-site wellbeing centre which will serve as a home for the foundation, where a qualified counsellor will be able to provide support for individuals who are facing challenges in life.
Jac Lewis Foundation
The aims and objectives of the foundation are:
- To provide a preventative wellbeing and mental health service to the community of Ammanford managed by professionally qualified counsellors and wellbeing advisors.
- To train up members of the community to become wellbeing mentors to support other members going through difficult times.
- To reduce the stigma of mental health and develop a culture within the community where it is okay to talk about mental health.
- To decrease mental health difficulties and increase the wellbeing and resilience of the community.
As our generated income has been put into this facility, and continues to do so, it has left the football club no funding to meet its ambitions of playing at the top flight of Welsh Football. In order to do this, ground improvements are necessary. We want to improve our facilities, which will meet the requirements of playing in a higher division, and meet the demands of all our teams. With over 350 juniors, and 120 seniors playing for the club, this facility is vital for all teams. It is particularly needed for the qualified and specific voluntary staff required for our sides, including those in our mini, junior, youth, senior, veterans, ladies, and pan-disability teams.
Ammanford AFC In The Community
This season we have achieved somewhat success on and away from the field, yielding crowds of up to and over 1,000 people in different games. As a club run by volunteers, this can been incredibly difficult to manage, but more importantly it has been difficult for us to cater for all our supporters, mainly those with disabilities. With no specialised entrance available on site for the disabled, we want to improve our facilities, which will ensure our ground is accessible to all.
Our goal as a club is to be inclusive for all, and being part of the FAW 'More Than a Club' programme shows our determination in ensuring we can provide a top class facility for our community.
This grant will not only enable us cater for our football supporters, but continue supporting our charity in helping the most vulnerable in our area.
June 2020 Update
July 2020 Update