Who We Are
Established since 1997, we are Camden’s leading youth action charity, and our mission is to help disadvantaged young people (aged 8-25) create long lasting, positive change in their lives and their community.
Our football programmes are at the heart of the work we do, and are about so much more than the sport itself – they improve confidence and physical fitness, develop team skills and give our young people the chance to participate in community projects that enhance the local environment and relationship with local residents. We know from our 18 years of experience that football is a very successful way to engage young people. Often it is the first step which leads young people to get involved with the other services we offer such as organising community festivals, delivering awareness raising workshops to other young people, and taking part in mentoring and work experience opportunities.
Our vision is to empower young people to create a better community where young people can fulfil their potential and help others through youth volunteering programmes.
We help 150 young people a year via our football coaching programmes.
Our work helps young people like Sean, who enrolled in our football programme three years ago:
“I remember being shy and kept to myself. My confidence was low and I was a bit reluctant at the beginning as I wasn’t the best football player so didn’t think I would last here. I didn’t realise at that time but the FYA football programme is different, they encourage young people to volunteer in other programmes which are designed to help young people develop new and existing skills.
I’ve been involved in organising community events like street planting days and community festivals and through this I got an interest in developing myself more. I am now a volunteer football coach at FYA and really enjoying my time here. FYA has helped me write about all my experience here and supported me with my CV. I want to become an electrician and they are helping me find apprenticeships in that field”
Why We’re Crowdfunding
This is an exciting time for FYA. We have just started managing a local sports pitch, The Warren. This pitch, together with a small park, is a focal point for community activity. Thanks to local business sponsorship, FYA has installed a high-spec Astroturf surface, vastly improving the facility for young people and others in the local community. The Warren will provide a long-term source of funding for us in fees paid by local businesses to use the pitch at peak hours.
However we face an immediate challenge.
With cuts to local authority funding and pressure on voluntary donations, we are struggling to fund our vital football coaching programme and we urgently need to raise £25,000 to continue this work for the next 12 months.
Your Support is Vital
Any contribution you are able to make, big or small, to help us continue our great work will be so gratefully received. Pledging on Crowdfunding.co.uk is safe and secure
Furthermore, if you are able to share our goal with your friends, family and colleagues that would be incredible.
Rewarding you for your Generosity
We want to thank you for incredible contribution and to show our appreciation we’ve got some amazing rewards!
Helping FYA Further
If you feel you may be able to offer FYA support on a more long-term basis, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at [email protected]