About the FSF / SD / BT SPORT

About the FSF

  • The FSF is the national supporters’ organisation for all football fans from England and Wales comprising more than 500,000 individual fans and members of local supporters’ organisations from every club in the professional structure and beyond. Fans can join the FSF free of charge and it only takes a few minutes. Learn more at www.fsf.org.uk

About SD 

  • GROWTH: Supporters’ trusts have now been established at over 180 clubs.
  • MEMBERSHIP: Over 750,000 people are members of supporters’ trusts in the UK
  • FINANCE: Supporters’ trusts have now brought in well over £30 million of new finance into football and rugby league. (This amounts to almost £7 of investment for every £1 of funding to SD)
  • OWNERSHIP: 39 clubs in the UK are in ownership or in control by supporters’ trusts, including Football League clubs Portsmouth FC, AFC Wimbledon, Exeter
  • City and Wycombe Wanderers.
  • PARTNERSHIP: Over 100 supporters’ trusts now have shareholding in their club.
  • BOARDROOM: Over 70 supporters’ trusts have directors at their clubs, including Premier League Swansea City FC.
  • REACH: Supporters of nearly 70% of clubs in the top five divisions of football in England, and the top four divisions in Scotland have established supporters’ trusts. 
  • Learn more at www.supporters-direct.coop

About BT Sport

  • BT Sport’s The Supporters Club aims to build a better world through sport by changing the lives of disadvantaged young people. The Supporters Club has raised over £3.5 million from BT Sport customers and BT. So far The Supporters Club has partnered with Comic Relief to fund 27 sport-inspired community projects – 17 in the UK and 10 overseas, with over 94,000 people now giving monthly donations.
  • Learn more at sport.bt.com

BT SPORT SUPPORTERS CLUB DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN DURING LUNCH (1.30PM, MAIN HALL):

Latest BT Sport film sees England winger Alex oxlade-Chamberlan explore football’s ability to inspire young lives through moving stories from the UK and Tanzania

Arsenal and England footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reflects on his personal and footballing journeys in a powerful new documentary by BT Sport Films, which explores the positive influence football has on young people.

Football Stories with The Ox, fronted by BT Sport ambassador Oxlade-Chamberlain, premieres on BT Sport 2 on Sunday May 31 at 3.30pm, and charts football-inspired success stories, including Matty from Sheffield and Eladi from Tanzania. Matty, who at one time was unemployed and suffered with low self-esteem, used the confidence gained from football charity Street League to secure employment as trainer assistant at Greater Manchester Fire and

Rescue Service. The film explores how football is used in different settings to inspire young people and assist them in creating more positive futures for themselves.

In the film, twenty-year-old Matty visits the academy in Sheffield, drawing on his own experiences to pass on advice to the new academy of young people and talk about how football helped him realise his personal goals.

In Tanzania, the film follows Eladi, a young person with HIV. Eladi, through TackleAfrica, was able to come to terms with his illness and used the sport to gain confidence and integrate back into his community.

The documentary explores the work of Street League, which works with unemployed young people, in Sheffield, where unemployment has been an issue and TackleAfrica, a charity that uses football to educate young people about HIV awareness in Tanzania. Both charities have been funded by The Supporters Club, BT Sport’s initiative that aims to build a better world through sport.

The film follows Bashir, who runs The Supporters Club-funded Street League academy in Sheffield, and who has worked with unemployed youth for 10 years. Bashir discusses how football is making a difference to the young people on the programme.

The film also follows 18-year-old Monica in Tanzania, a football coach who started out as a footballer in one of TackleAfrica’s programmes, and Hilda, a former Tanzanian national football star who runs the charity’s football sessions. After losing her aunt and guardian to an HIV-related illness, Monica was left to care for her elderly mother and young sister, consequently dropping out of school. TackleAfrica provided her with the education and support needed to get her life back on track.

TackleAfrica aims to educate young people on HIV awareness through fun, interactive football sessions, so that they can make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV and improving their quality of life.

“The Ox” talks openly about the issues that the young people in the film are facing, while reflecting on how important football was to his own personal development. He said: “You cannot over-estimate the positive impact that football has on young people. I’ve experienced it myself in my own career first hand through my career with Southampton, Arsenal and England. The stories of Bashir, Matty and Eladi and others in this film are a real inspiration.”

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