PFA TV: PFA Community visits West Ham United
Leon Mann presents the latest episode of PFA TV from West Ham United’s training ground, finding out more about the PFA’s work around social corporate responsibility.
The PFA’s Community team are committed to raising the profile and awareness of the extensive work and participation of players. PFA TV catches up with PFA Management Committee member Matt Jarvis, Hammers youngster Josh Cullen and England international Stewart Downing.
Also included is interviews with Joseph Lyons (West Ham United Foundation Chief Executive), Sam Allardyce (West Ham United Manager), Tracy Tombides (Dylan Tombides’ Mother and DT38 Foundation) and Nicky & Alison Johns (Know the Score).
Find out more about the work of the charities and foundations featured in the video:
West Ham United Foundation
West Ham United's community department is celebrating its 25th year of service in east London and Essex. To mark the momentous milestone, the Club is delighted to announce its re-launch as the West Ham United Foundation.
Ever since its inception in 1990, West Ham's community wing has sought to promote the Club's core values through its many ground-breaking outreach programmes. Its development over the past two decades has been vast and now sees the Foundation working with more local people than ever before.
As a newly-launched Foundation, its key aims comprise of breaking down barriers to sports participation and, in doing so, uniting the local community through the power of football. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to create life-changing opportunities for its participants, as well as facilitating the West Ham player pathway for those who excel.
West Ham United and the PFA are very proud to help establish and support the DT38 Foundation, which was set up in memory of Academy starlet Dylan Tombides. Dylan, whose prodigious talents saw him sign for West Ham in 2008, lost his brave three-year battle with testicular cancer in April 2014, at the age of just 20.
The Foundation aims to provide testicular cancer support and awareness through education and opportunities and change the way testicular cancer is diagnosed. The DT38 Foundation’s starts with the following primary objectives:
- To fundraise for chosen charities that deliver services linked to DT38 Foundation’s overall vision.
- To drive the awareness campaign for the prevention of testicular cancer
- To focus on the education of youngsters through sports and school communities
- To provide opportunities linked to 38 fun and accessible activities within football and the West Ham community
Know the Score
Know the Score and help beat bowel cancer!
Know the Score is supported by Current /Former Players and Managers from the Professional Game. This year Billy Bonds, Mick McCarthy, Rachel Yankey OBE and Jack Wilshere have all pledged their support and helped to promote ‘Know the Score’ in a national newspaper campaign.
The campaign is also being backed by several leading bowel cancer charities who want to raise awareness of key symptoms. These include the Bobby Moore Fund, the Adam Stansfield Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer, Bowel Cancer UK , the Men’s Health Forum and the founding charity of ‘Know the Score’, the Mr Brightside Project.
Moore Family Foundation
Founded by Roberta Moore, the foundation was established in Bobby's memory, to provide life-changing opportunities for some 18,000 Year 6 students in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Thurrock, Brentwood and Basildon.
Trust mentors will support pupils with literacy and numeracy, while the children will also visit the Boleyn Ground and the new Stadium to experience an authentic Hammers matchday for themselves.
Community Sports Trust patron and ambassador for the Moore Family Foundation, Matt Jarvis is excited by the scale of the programme's influence: "It's a fantastic project. Going into so many different schools and hopefully reaching 18,000 pupils will be a fantastic achievement.
Such is the sense of community surrounding the Foundation, that there are no less than a dozen key partners and funders, including the Professional Footballers' Association, Premier League, Active Essex, Canary Wharf Contractors Fund, Creative, Sport & Leisure, London City Airport, the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Newham, West Ham United Inspire and Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation.
Your Cause, Your Way!
Your Cause, Your Way! is a new giving option, enabling players to set up named funds in order to give to charities, community groups or individuals in need across the UK without the worry of complex administration.