It was celebrations all round at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley FC in the Community’s life-changing work took centre stage at a fixture that also saw the Clarets sweep up another vital three points.
Community Day – an annual event that highlights the work of Burnley FC in the Community – was packed with a whole host of activities, to both raise awareness and raise funds for the self-financing organisation.
In a game broadcast by Sky Sports, the spotlight fell on Community as the first team stars warmed up in Community t-shirts and later took to the pitch in one-off kits that replaced the usual Oak Furniture Land logo with Burnley FC in the Community’s own branding. This remarkable logo swap was offered by the furniture-giant in a gesture of support for the day’s events. Oak Furniture Land were also the official sponsor of Community Day.
In the build up to the game, the charity’s Health team were encouraging fans to cycle one mile on a static bike to contribute to the 58.1 mile distance between Turf Moor and Elland Road; a distance that was later successfully completed pitch-side by ex-player, Paul France. The team were also running health checks for fans and signposting the public to the charity’s various health initiatives.
Alongside this, ‘Premier League Kicks’ teams played football in the Elite Training Centre and participants of National Citizen Service (NCS) worked alongside volunteers from other projects to drive a stadium-wide bucket collection to raise funds for the charity.
The Community action continued on the pitch as Barnoldswick Town U10s provided a Guard of Honour and VIP Mascots and Player Escorts partnered the players as they emerged from the tunnel to the Sky Sports cameras and a crowd of over 18,000 fans.
At half time, Burnley FC in the Community’s Kicks dance troupe, Ignite, performed on the pitch at as the charity’s CEO, Neil Hart, and its Chair of Trustees, Brian Nelson, drew the half time ‘Golden Gamble’ winning tickets.
Speaking of Community Day and its impact on the charity, CEO Neil Hart said: “The success of Community Day went above and beyond our expectations. We experienced nothing but positivity from everyone we encountered throughout the day and we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who supported our efforts; from players and club staff to fans and our official sponsor, Oak Furniture Land. As a self-financing charity, events like Community Day are so important in allowing us to continue our work in our communities and the warm reception we received is a true testament to this community-driven club.”
As fundraising efforts are ongoing for Community Day, the final total raised is to be announced but Burnley FC in the Community are confident it will be in the region of £10,000. All match-worn shirts will be auctioned next week by Burnley FC in the Community as parts of these continued efforts.
To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community, please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org. The charity also runs several fundraising events that fans can get involved with, including the Burnley 10k (bit.ly/1UWwYPN) and the Yorkshire Three Peaks (bit.ly/202P02B).
If you’d like any more information on the work of Burnley FC in the Community or to find out how you can get involved, please call 01282 704716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.